A new metal staircase has been installed at Cow Gap in Eastbourne to restore access to the beach near the Beachy Head cliffs.

East Sussex County Council’s rights of way team have replaced fire-damaged wooden steps reconnecting the beaches with the clifftop footpaths.

They were destroyed in a suspected arson attack in December last year.

The steps connect the beach with the cliff paths to Beach Head.
The steps connect the beach with the cliff paths to Beachy Head.

Cllr Nick Bennett, the council’s lead member for transport and environment, said:

“The steps provide a vital link to some of the county’s most picturesque beaches and a spot popular with walkers and fossil-hunters.

“The fire damage to the previous steps was so severe that it had to be completely replaced, meaning we had to order an entirely new, bespoke staircase.

“The new structure is more durable than the old one and means visitors can once again enjoy access to one of the hidden gems of our natural landscape.”

Visitors to Beachy Head are advised to check tide times before venturing onto the beaches.

More information about countryside sites and rights of way in East Sussex is available online.