IT’S back today – The Beachy Head Lighthouse Challenge. And you can now turn up on the day and take part.

There are very few days when it is possible to walk around the lighthouse as it has to be during spring tides, when it is light enough and, on a weekend, – this year it will take place on Saturday 24 July 2021.

The original event in 2013 was organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM in conjunction with the “Save the Stripes” to raise money to repaint the Beachy Head Lighthouse at a cost of some £30,000.

Had this not been undertaken, the iconic red and white stripes would have been allowed to fade and eventually disappear.

Due to the popularity of the event, Eastbourne AM Rotary Club has continued to organise the Challenge every year since with the help of volunteers.

Part of the funds raised are set aside towards the next re-paint of the lighthouse with the rest donated to local charities.

The arrival point will be at the kiosk at the foot of the Downs by Bede’s School in Eastbourne.

On arrival, participants proceed up the lane for about half a mile to Whitbread Hollow where they will see the check-in desks alongside a gazebo.

Once checked-in, we set off across the Downs to Cow Gap (approx. 15 minutes), down the steps to the beach and over the rocks, boulders, sand and slippery seaweed to the lighthouse (approx. 50 minutes).

On return, all participants will receive a certificate to authenticate that they are one of the few people who have undertaken the “Lighthouse Challenge”.

Safety Guidelines

To take part in this event, you need to be reasonably fit for a mixture of walking and clambering. You must be aged 16 years or over unless accompanied by an adult.

There is the option to complete only part of the walk, enjoy the stunning views and then turn around and return to avoid the more challenging sections.

Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of £8.50 for adults & £3.50 for under 16s.

To register, go to Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM – welcome. (rotary-ribi.org)