Now in its fifth year, the annual walk around the lighthouse has been arranged for Saturday 11th August 2018. This 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, and now it provides funds to build up to the time when it again needs to be re-painted plus supporting local charities organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM in conjunction with the “Save the Stripes” campaign and supported by the Eastbourne Herald.
The starting point will be at the kiosk at the foot of the Downs by St. Bede’s school in Eastbourne between 16:00 and 17:15. Once checked-in, we set off across the Downs to Cow Gap (approx 15-20 minutes), down the steps to the beach and over the rocks, boulders, sand and slippery seaweed to the lighthouse (approx 55 minutes). Apart from the Downland stretch this Challenge is not suitable for running due to the slippery nature of the beach.
The times above have to be pretty precise in order to make maximum advantage of the small window that allows people to walk around the lighthouse, and return before the tide turns and sunset. On the 11th August, maximum low water is forecast to be at 18:26 BST, and sunset at 20:28 BST.
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”.
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