The site – Sheepcote Valley, East Brighton
Good drive to Brighton. Arrived lunch time. Warm welcome from reception. Toilet block warm and clean, and at this time of year not busy. Well separated and roomy pitches and we had the luxury of having booked a serviced pitch. Initially found TV reception poor, but purchased TV aerial extension kit which remedied problem. Good well protected site surrounded by trees and hills. Able to see golfers and horse riders along top of hill together with many dog walkers. We familarised ourselves then a quick lunch followed by a 10 min walk into local shopping area & visiting Lidl to purchase food for the next few days. There is also a Lloyds Pharmacy, PO and small gift/newsagent shop. A quiet evening but unfortunately bad reception so no Corrie, only BBC1 and Channel 5! Carole felt v sleepy and kept dropping off all evening. She obviously had far too much fresh air. Skyped Brysie. Discovered that this uses lots of KBs on the dongle.
Crisp and breezy morning, slow start and why not. Mircrowave not working! Once ready caught No. 7 bus opposite Lloyds Pharmacy. £3.60 All Day Saver into centre of town (length of journey about 15 mins although only 1.5 miles on a very busy road) and alighted close to the Royal Pavilion. We walked around the corner from the front of the Pavilion into North Street where you will find an entrance leading to the rear of the building. Tour Fee £9.00 ( £7 for me) which includes descriptive and informative leaflet plus audio tour. This took us about 1 hour, but that could well be extended depending on your own interest and should you take advantage of their café and gift shop! What a building, very impressive, an extravaganza of opulence and eccentricity. Bill and I had own personal audio tour. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Then we strolled across to the Palace Pier and as it was so cold and windy, it proved to be a quick walk. Although I can imagine in the summer there are lots to entertain both children and adults with amusements and cafes. We returned to the warmth of Harry Ramsdens for a fish and chip lunch (OAPs Special £6.00 fish & chips, pot of tea and bread & butter pud with custard. What a bargain!) Returned via bus to Brighton Marina where Bill bought 2 pairs of trousers and more food shopping at Asda’s. Once back at motorhome admin work and we managed to get microwave working.
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Evening Skyped Annie and learnt more about Richard’s accident. Early night and unfortunately microwave was not repaired – rotating but no microwaves.
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More blue skies. Walked up to the top of hill by East Brighton Golf Course. Walked along top of hill adjacent to site – v windy with good views looking towards the Pier and sweeping across up to the racecourse. This was followed by a walk along the promenade where we were able to admire the grand white seafront Regency buildings. Looking seaward there was evidence of the Volks Electric Train track whose train runs from Rock Station (near Brighton Marina) to the Palace Pier – 1.5m. £1.80 one way/£1.80 return concessionary). Unfortunately this only runs from Easter to September. Stopped at coffee bar close to the beach and returned via a beach pathway into the Brighton Marina.
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This Marina is a huge complex comprising cinema, shops, restaurants, fitness centre and Asda. The upper level, where most of the cafés are, overlooks the marina with its many moored vessels including excursion boats and luxury yachts. This complex is approx ½ mile from the site.
Bit of gloomy day but dry. We decided to explore eastwards of the Brighton Marina and walked 2.5 miles to Rottingdean passing Roedean School. It was a brisk walk along the coast road, but then we decided to take refuge from the wind and walked along sheltered beach pathway besides the chalk cliffs. The beach is rocky and uninviting and there were signs warning of loose rocks and there was evidence of this.
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Rottingdean has a small seafront with a small wall promenade leading to Brighton in one direction and to Saltdean in the other. Old Rottingdean runs inland with its main narrow street of old flint-built houses. We enjoyed our stroll visiting Rudyard Kipling’s Garden, St Margaret’s Church and the large green beside a large village pond. Just a short visit but we managed 2 stop offs, one for coffee and the other for a Cream Tea – wonderful! A £1.00 bus journey got us back to the warmth of the wag in a matter of 15 mins.
The day started with any early rain shower, but the skies did brighten. We set off for another explore of Brighton centre, this time we took the No. 52 bus which took a different route that includes part of the promenade. This time we ventured into the Lanes area with is full of small boutiques, designer clothes shops and cafes. We walked along North Street passed the Churchill Centre, which is the main retail shopping area. At this point we had more important things of our mind – lunch – and we had noticed an all-you-can-eat restaurant called Gekko in West Street. What an amazing offer at £6.99 (£1.70 off for us oldens) + £2.00 for cold drinks with free fill-ups for an eclectic choice of food. The only option open after this input of food was a short stroll to the promenade and just sitting in the sun taking in the view and admiring the Grand Hotel. Unfortunately we had to make a hasty retreat to catch the bus home after the skies opened with another downpour. Decided not to each much: just mussels and some chicken wings.
Sun shining – did jobs around the motorhome, caught up with the hoovering. Housework takes so long now – ha ha! No 49 stairs – hurrah. Bill watched sport and I went for bike ride into Brighton along the beach road and then carried onto Hove along the promenade. Must have cycled about 8 miles. Decided not to eat much: just mussels and some chicken wings. In the evening we went to the Marina for a drink and pizza.
Mothers Day. Late start walked into Brighton to seek out Sunday Roastie but discovered the annual Brighton & Hove Food Festival. We also found the Sunbeam Motor Rally & hundreds of motorcycles on display. Walked through The Laines area – bohemian and punkie area. Stopped for a slice of carrot cake and cappuccino (thanks Clo) and continued to buy bit and pieces at the food market.
M & D xxx
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