Lighthouse Walk Information

Information for Participants

Lighthouse Challenge 4th May 2019

Important Information for Participants

Do please read this before you set off as it contains essential safety information.

The Route

The start will be at the check-in point, just up the lane from the kiosk. The first part is over the Downs to Cow Gap which will take around 15 – 20 minutes, and from there you will be able to go down to the beach. The steps down to the beach are a bit steep and narrow which can cause a little bit of congestion, so please be patient! Once on the beach, turn right and head for the lighthouse which will take around 50 – 55 minutes to reach. Please do not leave earlier than the published start time, as the sea will not be clear of the Lighthouse.

When you get back, please return to the kiosk area at the start where we will give you a certificate certifying that you have undertaken the Lighthouse Challenge.

The Lighthouse

When you get to the lighthouse, you will be able to walk round it and achieve your objective. Some people are tempted to walk up to the platform leading to the door of the lighthouse, but we would strongly advise against doing this, as steps to the platform are narrow and extremely slippery, so you do so very much at your own risk.


Obviously paramount, so please help us to help you and note:-

  • We have a number of helpers to ensure that everything is as safe for you as possible – there are people patrolling the beach who are in radio contact with each other, a team from St. John Ambulance are standing by in the event of any accident, and finally as an extra precaution, both the Coast Guard and the RNLI have been notified of the event.
  • Should you need any assistance, and need to attract attention, raise and lower both arms to indicate help required and please also keep your eyes open for anyone else who might have a problem.
  • In the event of a serious emergency or exercise, a Coast Guard helicopter could wish to land on the beach at the very low tide, and in such an eventuality give a wide berth due to downdraft and follow instructions of marshalls.
  • Cliff falls are a danger, so it is important to keep a safe distance (at least 50 metres), from the base of the cliffs. The closer to the Lighthouse, the bigger are the rocks (around 5’ high), and the seaweedy areas are very slippery, so do exercise caution.
  • Walking up the steps to the platform by the door of the lighthouse (not open) can be very slippery so extreme caution is necessary; we do not recommend it, so you do this at your own risk.


Key Times - all times BST

16:45 – Commence walk after registering. Water will not be clear of lighthouse if you leave earlier.

17:30 – Final time that we can allow you to depart, as after this tide will have turned at lighthouse.

18:25 – Forecast low water.

20:21 - Sunset


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