Originally posted on The Perimeter:
Eastbourne from Beachy Head and the start of the South Downs Way, Sussex
Early morning the bandstand is silent with turquoise dome and silver spire. Benches surrounded by half eaten fish and chip wrappers from Eastbourne’s Saturday night out. I share the elegant promenade with rollerbladers in neon pink bikini’s, tanned retirees in pastel cottons and middle aged men speed walking while looking repeatedly at their watch with a serious expression.
Chalk sea cliff at Beachy Head which rise to 162m, Sussex,
Two swimmers far out at sea powerfully crawl towards the towering white cliffs of Beachy Head. Start of the South Downs way and a steep climb up. Humming of crickets matches the euphoric elevated feeling of this path like flying above the sea.
Samaritans Helpline at Beachy head, the UK’s most popular suicide spot, Sussex.
Indications of tragedy start to punctuate the landscape: first a Samaritan signs, then…
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