But Beachy Head has a darker side. It has the dubious honour of being the country’s most notorious suicide spot. At least twenty people take their lives here each year. A team of chaplains patrol the Head to provide counselling to those who come here in distress. Up to 40 folk each month benefit from the words of comfort the chaplains provide. There is also a prominent telephone kiosk which connects directly to the Samaritans in Eastbourne.
At the cliffs edge sits a tiny yet symbolic memorial comprising a few stones which have been carried back up the cliff from the rocks below.