Beachy Head Walk
This exhilarating walk takes you along the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, at Beachy Head on the South Downs. The cliffs rise to a height of 162 metres (531 ft) with fabulous views along the coast to West Sussex and Dungeness in Kent.
You can start your walk from the good sized car park on Beachy Head Road which has a postcode of BN20 7YA for your sat navs. From here you can pick up the trails on to the The South Downs Way which will take you along the headland. You could also start the walk from the nearby town of Eastbourne and follow the Wealdway along the beach from the town centre. See our Eastbourne to Beachy Head Walk for details and a map.
As well as the magnificent views there's some lovely countryside to explore inland. Look out for lots of wildflowers in the summer and a variety of birdlife which includes Lapwing, Skylark and Perigrin Falcon.
After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the Beachy Head cliff top pub which is next to the car park.
To extend your walk you can continue west along the coastal path to Birling Gap and the Belle Tout Lighthouse. Beyond there is the fantastic Seven Sisters Country Park at Cuckmere Haven. Here you will find more great cycling and walking trails along the coast and the River Cuckmere.
Beachy Head PostcodeBN20 7YA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Beachy Head Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Beachy Head Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Beachy Head OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Beachy Head Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Beachy Head Pubs/Cafes
The Beachy Head Inn is a conveniently located and aptly named place to go for some post walk refreshment. The pub dates back to 1880 and has a charming interior with cosy fires. Outside there's a good sized garden area with nice views of the surrounding South Downs countryside. You can find the pub a short hop from the car park on Beachy Head Road. The outdoor area is also dog friendly if you have your four legged friend with you.
Pictured above the Beachy Head Pub and countryside centre. Two worthy places to stop at on the route.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The site includes the Beachy Head Countryside Centre where there are some interesting exhibitions detailing the history of the area and the bravery of the people who have had to rescue people off the notorious cliffs. There's also a good gift shop and a gallery of photos of this stunning area. It's well worth popping in after your walk if you have time.