Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A walk on the cliffs

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Any thoughts I had of spending my free day cleaning my house or hunched over my computer, were soon dispelled when I flung back my curtains this morning. The sun was shining, the sea was blue and the sky bluer! Today was a perfect summer’s day.
.I decided that it was about time I took a walk along the cliff tops, so that is what I did. We are blessed with having a range of dramatic white chalk cliffs along our coast. They are collectively known as the Seven Sisters, and today I walked across most of them!
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My journey started at Beachy Head where I climbed 600 feet to its highest point with its amazing view of the red and white lighthouse in the sea below. I walked on in virtual seclusion, to the old lighthouse – Belle Tout which is perched on the cliff edge. '
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Nowadays it’s a home, and a few years ago I was among hundreds of people who gathered there to see it physically moved 50 metres back from the edge!
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After a mile or so I wandered into the downland village of East Dean and called into the Tiger Inn for a pint of rejuvenating local ale!
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Then it was off to a valley in the cliffs and a stroll on the beach at Birling Gap. Another climb, then down again onto the plain where the River Cuckmere winds its twisting path from the sea into the lush countryside beyond.
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And then I turned my back to the sea and the cliffs, and walked a mile or so along the riverside, back to civilisation, and a bus ride home!
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These were just a few of the photos I took on my walk today – to see my favourite twenty in far higher quality click here
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11 comments:

  1. Keith what a magnificent cliffs and the village is beautiful. You live in a great place. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Do you realize how blessed you are to live there Keith? How gorgeous!!
    Take care
    Tory

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  3. a splendid journey - how can one resist the call of sun and air? Thanks for sharing!

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  4. what a beautiful town you live in. Such a beautiful tour you have taken us on. The pics are brilliant.

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  5. Keith why do you tease me so with these delightful pictures? I love the commentaries you give with them though. The lighthouse OMG!!! The beach breathtaking sniff, I am jealous.

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  6. Good for you for taking advantage of the beautiful day. And thank you for then sharing with us! I love the idea of living in a lighthouse. Is the one in the middle of the water occupied and/or still in use?

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  7. These are great photographs, Keith. Well done matey.
    PS. See you at the 'Tiger'!

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  8. Hi Keith,

    These are wonderful photographs!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and posting your comment.

    It is nice to know that you like India. Which part of India did you visit?

    I live at Bangalore in Karnataka.
    I will come back to read your older posts and other blogs.

    Regards;
    Manohar

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  9. Kinda reminds me of Vera Lynn....

    NO! I ain't that old I am just wise......or rather like to think so!

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  10. First rate photos, as always!

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