YouTuber blasted for camping just a foot from cliff top at Beachy Head

YouTuber is branded an ‘idiot with a death wish’ after filming himself camping just feet from the cliff edge at Beachy Head

  • Youtuber Liam Brown filmed himself camping close to the edge at Beachy Head
  • He was criticised for camping just feet away from the crumbling cliff top
  • But some viewers praised his antics and said he inspired them to go camping
  • The well-known hiker’s videos have amassed over nine million views online 

A Youtuber has been criticised after camping just a foot away from a dangerous cliff edge which regularly crumbles into the sea.

Liam Brown set up his tent close to the white cliffs near Beachy Head on the coast of East Sussex.

In a video that has so far gained more than 13,000 views online, Mr Brown pitched his tent before posing for a picture sitting on the edge.

Mr Brown, whose hiking and camping videos have amassed more than nine million views, uploaded the footage yesterday.

After waking up, Liam walked over to the edge and peered over the edge of the cliff as he went on another hike around the picturesque area.

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YouTuber Liam Brown received a backlash from concerned members of the public after camping close to the cliff edge at Beachy Head 

 Others were filled with praise for Mr Brown’s sense of adventure and said he had inspired them to go camping

One snap posted on Twitter showed him walking a couple of metres from the edge and in another Liam stood with his back to the ocean.

On Instagram and Twitter, Liam also posted a string of pictures of his trip, with the caption: ‘You can’t beat a bit of camping next to the ocean, even if you’re tent’s a foot away from the edge.’

After erecting his tent, he told the camera: ‘We are quite literally a metre away from that cliff, so hopefully it doesn’t fall.’

In the 22-minute film titled ‘Hiking and wild camping in the South Downs’, Liam can then be seen eating breakfast and packing away his tent.

His channel – has 117,000 subscribers on the platform – used the tagline ‘I become uncomfortable being comfortable’.

The YouTuber has since received a backlash from concerned members of the public. One viewer said: ‘Stupid and dangerous to camp so close to that cliff edge. Chalk erosion and cliff falls are common in that area.

‘Emergency services have better things to do than picking injured or dead idiots off the rocks below.’

One commenter called him ‘idiot of the week,’ while another wrote: ‘Have you got a death wish?’

On Instagram and Twitter, Liam also posted a string of pictures of his trip, with the caption: ‘You can’t beat a bit of camping next to the ocean, even if you’re tent’s a foot away from the edge’

Last August a large section of cliff at nearby Birling Gap fell off causing a footpath to a famous lighthouse – that was already moved back 50 metres in 1998 – to be cut off

But others were filled with praise for Mr Brown’s sense of adventure and said he had inspired them to go camping.

One said: ‘This man has no fear! There’s not a chance in hell I would ever camp that close to the edge of a cliff. Nice one mate and a great video.’

Another added: ‘My eight-year-old son loves your videos and we normally watch one just before bed time. Thanks to you, we’re going camping in a couple of weeks and if he likes it, we’re doing a whole week during the summer holidays.’

While a third person said: ‘Liam is that one youtuber who makes you want to leave your house and go on a hike and wild camp.’

In the description of the video, Mr Brown added: ‘This was one of the most picturesque camping spots I have ever stayed at.

‘I plan on wild camping in all 15 of the UK’s national parks – this time it was the South Downs; 13 down, two to go.’

Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 visitors go to the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters every year – adding to the strain on the beauty spot

Coastal erosion has caused tonnes of the chalk cliff to tumble into the sea in recent years, with around 50 recorded incidents taking place between April 2020 and 2021.

There were also some 13 incidents of hikers becoming stranded on the beach below after being cut off by the tide.

Last August a large section of cliff at nearby Birling Gap fell off causing a footpath to a famous lighthouse – that was already moved back 50 metres in 1998 – to be cut off.

HM Coastguard said the size of the fall illustrated the dangers of going too close to cliff edges, following a recent surge in people leaning over the edge.

Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 visitors go to the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters every year – adding to the strain on the beauty spot.

Since beginning the channel last June, Liam has uploaded videos of him camping in Dartmoor in Devon, the New Forest that covers Hampshire and Wiltshire as well as Exmoor in the south west and John O’Groats in Scotland.

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