Day four of our trip we drove out to Beachy Head. Beachy Head is part of the miles of white chalk cliffs that line the English coast. For various reasons, the cliffs of Dover are the most famous and well known, but I wanted to see Beachy Head because it holds the highest of all the white chalk cliffs and the second highest cliff in England. Unfortunately, this makes it one of the top suicide spots in the world.
Beachy head is absolutely jaw dropping. I really don’t know what more I can say about it than this. The pictures say it all. The feelings I had at beachy head were mixed. It was actually a very emotional experience. These cliffs are truly intimidating. The mighty see below seems to remind you of how small you are and how powerful it is. You are also reminded of the many suicides that have taken place there by the small crosses that are randomly stuck in various spots in the earth. My emotions ranged from fear and sadness, to intimidation and captivation. It is quite a zen experience that centers you with reality. There is so much to think about here- life, death, history, time, nature and the world.
These cliffs are just remarkable. They are a true natural beauty of our world that will simply take your breath away. It is a shame more people don’t visit Beachy Head and go straight to the well known Cliffs of Dover. I still wanted to visit the cliffs of Dover as well, but we didn’t have the time. The cliffs of Dover are famous for facing continental Europe at the narrowest part of the English Channel and therefore signify the historic threat of invasion. On a clear day you can see France in the distance. Dover also holds a 12th century castle and World War II war tunnels within its chalk cliffs.