National Geographic : 1935 Jul
Photograph by W. Robert Moore BEACHY HEAD BREASTS THE SEA WITH A GLEAMING WHITE WALL HIGHER THAN THE FAMOUS CHALK CLIFFS OF DOVER At their western end the rolling South Downs break off and drop 500 sheer feet to the Channel. Jackdaws and gullsswoop noisily from the dizzy heights. Here would have been a fit setting for Edgar, when he cried in the Shakespearean tragedy, "King Lear": "I'll look no more, lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight topple down headlong." The headlands that loom in the distance are the Seven Sisters, familiar to passing voyagers. The Belle Tout Lighthouse atop the cliff has been abandoned recently (see illustration, page 68).