Day 4 – Seven Sisters/Birling Gap April 29, 2018
We took a train from Victoria Station to Brighton, and there rented a car for our next two weeks of adventures.
Our first stop was Birling Gap, East Sussex, on the English Channel. We took a short walk along the South Downs headlands toward Belle Tout Lighthouse, and had good views to the west of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.
We went down the cliffside staircase to the beach along the white cliffs.
The cliffs are composed of Cretaceous chalk with flint bands and nodules. They weather to a gold color, but calve so often that they appear a beautiful stark white from a distance. Up close, the texture is flint nodules in a chalky substrate, and the beach itself is composed of wave washed nodules. I would notice these nodules later on our trip in the local building stone.
We managed to stay just ahead of an impending storm. From Birling Gap, we drove back west to a B&B in Chawton, Hampshire. Tomorrow would be Jane Austen history day!