It is one of the country’s most famous views, attracting millions of visitors from across the world each year, but it could soon be lost for ever unless action is taken to shore up sea defences.
These old coastguard cottages in front of the white Seven Sisters cliffs have featured in dozens of films including Atonement and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And this month the sight was recognised as Britain’s Best View in a competition in the Daily Mail.
But the land on which the hamlet of cottages has stood for 200 years near Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, is slowly disappearing due to coastal erosion.
For decades the descendants of the original coastguards have worked with officials to maintain the sea defences and stop the cottages being swept away.