Today was the last walking day of my holiday – I originally planned to walk for a couple of hours tomorrow, but need to get back sooner.
Chris joined me again today – we were dropped, very kindly, by Rita at Newhaven and walked through the back streets to the sea front. Unlike yesterday, the weather was fabulous – bright blue sky and a temperature that enabled me to walk without gloves or hoodie!
It is possible to walk from Newhaven to Rottingdean on the Under Cliff Path, which is part of the sea defences, skirting the white cliffs just above the high water mark. I was surprised to see that the limestone cliffs which I have always associated with the area around Dover extend so far. We walked for a couple of hours and then had to climb up to the top of the cliffs when the lower path ends. We took the opportunity to stop for a coffee in a pleasant pub. After about half a mile there are steps back down to the lower path which continues all the way past Roedean and Saltdean to the marina at Brighton. This is a largish marina with a very impressive sea wall, along which we took an unintended detour. We then spent some time wandering around the Marina car park, looking for the path. Eventually, we came across it, but we also found the Volk Electric Railway which carries holiday makers the mile or so between the Marina and the Pier. Unable to resist the temptation of a toy train, we leapt on.
I left Chris at Brighton Pier, and continued along the front which was thick with people enjoying the first warmth of the year. The sea front path continues past Hove, Portslade and Southwick to Shoreham Harbour which is lined with wharves and light industrial units. I was beginning to tire now, so hopped on the train at Shoreham, arriving back in Eastbourne at about 7pm.
The 10 days have been fantastic and I am already looking forward to the next leg at May Bank Holiday – I need to plan the route in more detail and will upload in due course. Let me know if you would like to come.