At Birling Gap there is evidence of coastal erosion of the cliff where there are no defences. There are a row of fishing cottages, half of which have collapsed into the sea. The beach is accessible by stairs. There is a National Trust car park/coach park, toilets and pharmacy-no-rx.net shop/cafe nearby.
An ideal location for investigating coastal erosional landforms including a bay, wave cut platform, arch, stack, stump and wave cut notch.
The location is easily accessible by coach. The services here include public toilets, a cafe and a souvenir shop.
Access to the bay is via a series of sets of stairs which can be potentially hazardous as they are steep and can be very slippery in winter. It is possible to follow a path north along the coast to get a good view of the bay. This location is potentially hazardous as it follows the cliff edge.
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