Walk 3: Going Local

We got up early to go for a walk.  However, it was raining!  I hate walking in the wind and rain.  Especially when it is cold!  That isn’t a very good attitude to have when you live in the UK, but there it is.  I will not go out walking in the pouring rain for fun, because I don’t think it is.  So, we did chores instead.  When we were nearly finished, the sun started to come out!  See how that works?  It was after lunch when the sun came out, which made it too late for a hike on the downs, so we decided to walk along the seafront instead.

We live on the south coast of England, in Eastbourne.  We love it here.  We have the beach and the countryside right on our doorstep.  I have written about moving to Eastbourne and all the wonderful things we have here.

The sun was shining and it was warm and finally felt like Spring.  The Birley Centre was open.  I hadn’t been inside before and I wanted to see the work my friend was exhibiting there.  The Birley Centre is a fairly new structure opposite The Towner Gallery.  It looks very retro.

The Birley Centre

The Birley Centre

Once we had our bit of culture, we headed off toward the seafront.  The seafront spans about 3.5 miles along the coast of Eastbourne from Holywell to Sovereign Harbour.  Sometimes we will do the whole walk there and back (about 7 miles).  The walk is flat all the way, which makes it great for kids and people with mobility issues.  There are benches the whole way along if you need to rest or just want to admire the sea view!

A view towards Holywell and Beachy Head

A view towards Holywell and Beachy Head

We headed towards Sovereign Harbour with the sun and the breeze at our back.  It was great to see so many people out enjoying our first really warm day of the year so far!

The Eastbourne Pier

The Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne is one of the few towns that actually boasts having a pier.  There is also one of the oldest, if not the oldest, camera obscura in the country on the pier. (It is in the dome!)  The Pier is one of my favourite things about Eastbourne.

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It is always nice to see the sailing dinghies on the weekend.  The sea was fairly flat with a slight breeze.  We decided to pause, soak up the sun and listen to the song of the sea.

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The groynes are really cool and the whole seafront is dotted with them.  By the way, here is a link to a map of the seafront where I live.  There are 94 sections of beach with 95 groynes!

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It is great to live in a place where you don’t have to go too far to see the beauty in nature.  As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz said, ‘There is no place like home.’