As the weather improves and lockdown restrictions ease, we are all looking forward to spending more time outdoors over the coming months. Our spectacular East Sussex coastline provides a stunning setting for picnics, walks and photographs but please follow some simple steps to make sure you stay safe during your visit.
Stay away from cliff edges
There have been some worrying photographs on social media in recent weeks showing people sitting or standing dangerously close to cliff edges.
As well as the risk of falling over the edge, there is a hidden and serious danger – the chalk cliffs are extremely unstable, with many unseen overhangs and cracks which you can’t see when you’re walking on the top. This means that big chunks can fall off without warning, taking with them anyone standing near the edge.
Avoid cliff bases
Cliff falls also pose a danger if you are walking or sitting close to the base of the cliffs. There have been nearly 50 cliff falls in East Sussex over the last year, with tonnes of chalk crashing down onto the beaches below.
Check the tide times
East Sussex beaches are beautiful for walks but remember to check the tide times www.tidetimes.org.uk before you set out. It is very easy to be caught out by the incoming tide when walking on the beach and to quickly find yourself cut off.
In the past 12 months there have been 13 incidents of people being stranded on the beach after being cut off by the tide.
And whether you are walking along the cliff paths or on the beaches, remember to wear study footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Always ensure someone knows where you are going and when you will be back.
Please enjoy our beautiful coastline safely!
- Use common sense
- Look at the signs and safety messages
- Stay away from the edges and bases of cliffs
- Be aware of the tides
- If you see anyone in danger or witness a fall, do not attempt to rescue them or put yourself at risk. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.