Beachy Head – A walk to remember

I was a bit scared.

It took me days to settle in the city life of England. A trip all alone to the countryside required a bit of self-convincing. Thankfully, I am good at self-convincing tricks. I set off from my home for the trip. My skepticism was further nourished as I boarded the double-decker bus. I was the first one to board the bus and even the driver greeted me with astonishment as to why I am so early. However, my grit soon overpowered my skeptics and I congratulated my self for being the first one on the bus and been able to grab the front most seat of the upper deck.



This bus by Brighton and Hove Coach Company is a special summer initiative for tourists, which will take them on a day’s trip to and fro between Brighton and Eastbourne, two coastal towns in south England. At 5 bucks all inclusive, it was a fabulous deal. The 2 hour ride is literally parallel to the sea front, cruising along the chalk heads of south England. I was immensely excited to see the first glimpses of English countryside, hoping a refreshing change from the hassle of London.

And then the bus finally started rolling over Brighton sea front towards the country side. The view throughout the journey was breathtaking. A narrow one lane road pierced through the British farms and grazing grounds taking us towards Peachhaven, Seaford and Seven Sisters Country Park, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. Thereby, the road floated on top of cliffs, parallel to the English Channel. I finally boarded off at Beachy Head, the highest of the cliffs. It was here that I met the most beautiful person in my life, ME.

As I stepped down the bus, I realized that the engine of the bus had to really do little labor to move the bus. The fierce wind blowing around the area was enough to ward of the bus, let alone a person. I somehow managed to stand still and roamed 360 to get a panoramic view of the area. The lush green grasses along the road kept swirling around with each stroke of heavy brisk air, perfectly imitating the nearby ocean. The blue sky would have been left out in the act had it not made friends with the clouds. The impartial wind gave the sky its share of animation in terms of ever moving clouds. It was bliss to watch.

While I was strolling along the cliffs, one after the other, the experience was out of this world. Walking against the wind, the sound of the thrashing wind against my body paralleled the sound of water hitting the cliff. There were numerous couples sitting along the edges, looking at the ocean, comparing its depth with that of their love. The air hardly smelt of romance. It was too fierce to induce romantic feelings, but then maybe true romance is fierce. I smiled and moved on.

Tired of the trekking, I sat for a while along the edges and formally introduced myself to the ocean. I received no reply. I didn’t complain however, looking at the infinite vastness and depth of the sea, it would take some time to absorb my message. At a distance, ocean’s blue merged with that of the sky, negating any visual difference. Visually, I was on top of sky. I wanted to stop here, at this very particular moment, forever. Make me a lighthouse rooted at this heaven on earth. I would peacefully radiate forever, attracting more and more travelers towards me.

12 Comments

  • Sahil says:

    Nice travelogue Abhinav . Pics are very good.

    Sahil

  • Parul says:

    Amazing write-up Abhinav. The breathtaking pictures are just a stamp of the exquisitely beautiful countryside you were fortunate to witness. It reminded me of the time I spent in a small town called Leighton Buzzard in England. Driving there from Heathrow airport itself was so picturesque that it deserved an article.
    Thanks for reminding me of my days there and the beautiful geography that, that part of the world has been blessed with.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Abhinav,

    Great !!! Straight way from Rishikesh to Brighton sea- England.

    Well written post equally supported with beautiful pictures. From your pictures , I feel that Para gliding is possible here.

    Keep sharing.

    • Abhinav says:

      thanks Mahesh.. these 2 places are closest to my heart. I reckon paragliding will be possible here. Although, my advice is once you be at such places…. don’t do anything… just be :-)
      what u think ?

  • Arun says:

    The new template looks much better, Nandan.

  • sskagra says:

    good this is a myself exprience photograph good and written work also Thanking you

  • Virag Sharma says:

    Title is too good. ( Movie also too good :-) ). In first glance , i thought, it is “Cliffs of Moher” but it is different.
    Beautiful pictures …. Thanks

  • Abhinav says:

    Thanks for the praise.. all the photographs were taken from a point and shoot, I wish i go there with a DSLR next time :-)

  • nandanjha says:

    @Arun – Thanks. I would clean this further. working on it.

    @Abhinav – Abinav and the Elements. You almost write like a insider about fire/water/wind :-) Thank you.

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  • Manish Khamesra says:

    You have indeed become a light house Abhinav and I am sure this write-up of yours will keep on attracting travellers to read and to visit with you.

    Great going.

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