Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk on this weekend

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There are just a few hours left to register to take part in this weekend’s Beachy Head Lighthouse Walk.

Already almost 500 people have registered to take part in the annual event tomorrow (Saturday August 1).

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It starts just before 5.30pm and walkers will be able to walk to the lighthouse and back before sunset and before the tide turns.

Organiser Martin Wellings said, “Now in its third year, the annual walk around the lighthouse is a rare opportunity when a low spring tide occurs at the right time, and during daylight hours to enable people to walk around the lighthouse.

“The walk was originally started to raise funds for the re-painting necessary, together with some worthwhile charities, and was organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM in conjunction with the Save the Stripes campaign and supported by the Eastbourne Herald.

“This year will follow a familiar format. Everyone will check in at the kiosk at the foot of the South Downs by Bede’s School between 4.45pm and 5.15pm and be given full information of the walk, plus safety guidelines, and be given a numbered disc which will be their identification so that we can track progress at various check points on the way to the lighthouse and back.

“At 5.30pm we set off across the Downs to Cow Gap, down the steps to the beach and over the rocks, boulders, sand and slippery seaweed to the lighthouse. It takes approximately 55 minutes.

“Apart from the Downland stretch this challenge is not suitable for running and all but a very few patches should be negotiated very carefully.

“Timing is important, as we need to arrive at the lighthouse in the small window that allows people to walk around it, and at the same time to return before the tide turns and sunset. On August 1, maximum low water is forecast to be at 7.11pm and sunset is 8.44pm.

“On return, everyone will be presented with a certificate to authenticate that they are one of the few people who have undertaken the Lighthouse Challenge.”

People can register until 10am tomorrow morning. To register online visit http://www.eastbourneam.org/events/

Alternatively you can register tomorrow afternoon at the kiosk at the foot of Beachy Head by Bede’s School.

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