Just left Bay View Park, Pevensey, Eastbourne
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Packed up in Brighton and took to the road to Pevensey along the coast for approx 22 miles. We tried to keep to the coast road but at some point had to go inland over part of the South Downs with its spectacular views. I had made some coffee for a stop-off, but we were soon descending into Eastbourne so it was too late. The Pevensey site is 2 miles to the east of Eastbourne and on arrival there were only two other caravans on our field, so we were able to choose our pitch. After a quick levelling of the wag we were off exploring on our bikes to the Sovereign Marina which is just along the coast. We took the beach footpath past one of the few remaining Martello Towers which were built as lookout fortresses during the Napoleonic wars. The beach is pebbly and a bit desolate but seems very popular for walking dogs. Fashionable apartment blocks line the land side of the footpath which leads into a marina area with more balconied properties which would easily compare with any London dockland buildings. Eventually we wended our way to the local Asda (very boring) for a quick stock up and then back to the wag. Later with took a bike ride in Pevensey Bay which is about 1 miles eastwards and is possibly the area where William Conqueror and army landed in 1066 before marching towards Hastings and then finally to Battle to meet up with the unlucky Harold.
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On the bikes once again and it was into Eastbourne which is another typical traditional unspoilt seaside town but much smaller and quieter than Brighton. It has a blue and white painted Victorian pier and along the promenade is the famous bandstand which holds concerts throughout the summer months. We walked along the lower beach pathway passing the occasional café so it had to be another coffee and pastry for me! The Royal Parade is lined with elegant hotels and guesthouses overlooking the beach and we continued our walk to the Wish Tower Park at the other end of the promenade. After a stroll into town we returned home where Bill quickly despatched me into Pevensey for a panic purchase of toilet chemicals. A very important item I am sure you will agree…. The weather was so good we were able to sit out and read the newspapers and relax after so much exercise. The old slow cooker served us well again in the evening and Bill fell asleep on the sofa. Not too much booze but too much sea air.
We took the bus into Eastbourne to visit Max and Maureen, two friends from the RAF who were at Cottesmore with us. Lucky for us Maureen is such a good cook we had a wonderful lunch, not criticising
our slow cooker, of course, but it was good! We spent a pleasant afternoon chatting and recalling our times at Cottesmore together and then it was back to the wag via another Asda visit – we were out of wine! Panic
Up early and I was off on my bike for a 2mile journey to the local pool for a swim. Another sunny day so it was a wag-admin-day. Bill busied himself on jobs outside and I did the hoovering and washing – boring but jobs that had to be done. We lost our caravan neighbours this morning, but by evening we have 2 new arrivals plus a small motorhome. It must be the good weather that is bringing people out of their hibernation shells. In the afternoon we played golf, which is next door to the site. I am still celebrating – I thrashed Bill! I shall enjoy this moment because I am sure he will come strong next time.
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What a bloody awful day. It has been raining and windy most of the night with very overcast skies to greet us in the morning. Not to let the grass grow under our feet and not to let a bit of bad weather stop us, we took the bus (No 99) to Hastings. We found the Old Town with its’ quaint narrow streets and array of independent shops full of items which you could well live without. We think we found the house that is used for The Foyle War series, but of course it’s never as it seems on TV. We walked to The Stade which is pebbly area from which Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet still operates. This is still a working area with winching equipment, old boats, lobster pots and other fishing equipment scattered over the beach. Nearby are the distinctive tall and narrow black tarred net huts which line the beach edge and which have not changed since the last century. One certainly gets the feeling of times gone by, which is helped by taking a wander through the Fishermen’s Museum which is full of memorabilia of Hastings’s fishing history. Here also is the East Hill Lift, which is one of the to historic cliff railways, but unfortunately it wasn’t open.
Lunch time approached and we had already done our homework so we made our way to a Tapas Bar call Harris for a £5.00 special. It’s a great place, very comfortable and the tapas was in fact as full plate of food – hey not complaining – and as well as ½ ltr of house red, a very pleasant lunch indeed. Another windy and wet night, but by morning it was relatively dry but overcast. More wag jobs done, we took a short bike ride to the Sovereign Marina which is one of the UK’s largest marinas. The development offers an impressive range of walks, shops, cafes, restaurant and bars and of course plenty of yachts and sea going cruisers. After a stroll around we sat and enjoyed a coffee before returning home.
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Couldn’t believe it when we pulled down the shutters in the morning, it was raining again. It must have been for most of the night looking at the puddles, but we didn’t hear it. We lay in bed deciding what to do as a visit to Beachy Head was in the offing, but this didn’t sound very enjoyable in the rain. Luckily things did pick up and by late morning a decision was made so off we went to catch the bus into Eastbourne and then onto Beachy Head. This is the highest point on the Sussex coast, and the sheer chalk cliff plummets a full 534 ft to a lighthouse on the shore far below. It was very busy with visitors and walkers, and we took time to check out the Information Office which gives details of walks, fauna and general information about the area. Next to this is the Beachy Head Restaurant which offers snacks and meals all day and there is ample parking areas.Eventually we set off on our cliff top walk to Birling Gap which is 4 miles west. Although there was a slight mist on the horizon and we couldn’t see Dungeness or the Isle of White which is promised on a clear day but the views were very impressive. The walk offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and in the distance along the undulating pathway , high on a hill, is the Belle Tout lighthouse which was built in the early 19th Century and this was latterly replaced by the Beachy Head lighthouse. In 1999, because of constant cliff erosion the lighthouse was moved back and is now a private house. The walk continues past this point but we took advantage of buying an ice cream before continuing down hill towards the Seven Sisters which are a series of seven cliff peaks, and onwards to Birling Gap. Here there is restaurant, a parking area and steps which lead down to the shore. Buildings here are also threatened by the sea and two of the coastguard cottages have been demolished. This was the end of our walk and from here we returned to Eastbourne and congratulated ourselves on our exertions by having a Fish and Chip lunch! Oh well. A stroll along the promenade in the sun rounded off the day quite nicely. Tomorrow a short drive to Littlehampton.
M & D
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