I was looking forward to exploring the seaside of England, especially, the cliffs. The first name that came to my mind when planning the trip was the popular White Cliffs of Dover but after some research Beachy Head popped up.
We traveled to the city of Eastbourne, which is an hour away from London by train. Upon arrival at the Eastbourne train station, there are a few ways to get to Beachy Head: bike, car, bus, or you can walk, which is what we actually did. It’s 4.5km (2.8mi).
It was a nice seaside walk until started to go up the hill… that was the challenging part! Anyways it was enjoyable walking through nature and appreciating the view of the city and the English Channel as we were getting closer to the top. I was feeling cheerless because we had run out of water too early! And just when all my hopes were almost lost we saw signs of life!! Like an oasis in the desert! Very conveniently, there are toilet rooms, an info center, ice cream stands, and a restaurant.
After this stop, we walked up a little more to the highest point of Beachy Head! And once there, it was just left to walk around and enjoy the view on this beautiful sunny day in July.
Beachy Head is a chalk headland in East Sussex. This area used to be under the sea level until the Cenozoic era when the chalk was uplifted (this was also the era when the continents moved into their current positions). Now it is 162 meters above sea level which allows a panoramic view of the English Channel, the Pier, lighthouse, and nearby towns.
On the way back, we just hop on the bus to Eastbourne center. Before returning to London, we had some beer and snacks and watched the World cup game England vs Croatia.
- The area appeared in the 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when it was used for hosting the Quidditch World Cup and has also featured in series, musical videos, and books.
- There is a suicide-prevention patrol in Beachy head! Since this is one of the highest points in England, around 20 people were committing suicide here every year!
I absolutely recommend this as a day trip from London! It’s a perfect balance to get away from the crowds, noise and busy city center. Breathe some fresh air and discover more of the impressive sightseeing that the UK has to offer.