British Coastal Road Trip

Day 39 – Rye to Worthing

Today we are driving from historic Rye in East Sussex along the coast to Worthing in West Sussex.   Storm Ophelia was approaching the UK today.  As the day progressed we started to see a very unusual dark and orange looking sky, caused by the storm pushing Sahara sand and Iberian wildfire smoke our way.

 

Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Seaford, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Seaford Beach, with Storm Ophelia on its way.

 

Rye

Coastal Road Trip, Rye, Cobbled Street
Our first stop of the day in Rye, the small ancient town was so quaint with its cobbled streets.
Coastal Road Trip, Rye, St Mary Church, Cobbled Street, Julian, Jarno
St Mary Church’s turret clock is the oldest working clock of its type in the country.
Coastal Road Trip, Rye, St Mary Church, Church yard, Park, Bench
Tudor houses fronting on to the churchyard.
Coastal Road Trip, Rye, Ypres Tower
The 13th century Ypres Tower town defences.  In 1377 the church and town had been looted, set on fire and destroyed by French invaders!
Coastal Road Trip, Rye, Cobbled Street
The steep cobbled Mermaid Street.  Although it was an early Monday morning there were already a few other tourists pottering around.  Glad we hadn’t been here on a busy summer weekend.
Coastal Road Trip, Rye, Rye Harbour
The town is now 2 miles inland as a result of the River Rother starting to silt up 500 years ago.  So we drove down to the coast to view Rye Harbour.

 

Winchelsea

Coastal Road Trip, Winchelsea Beach, Waves
Winchelsea Beach.  The town, a bit further inland, dates back to the 13th century.  It was Britain’s first properly planned ‘new’ town.

 

Hastings

Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, Rock-a-Nore Beach, East Hill
The view from The Stade at Hastings back to Rock-a-Nore Beach and East Hill.
Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, The Stade, Beach, The Old Town, Fishing Boats, Julian, Jarno
The Stade Beach in front of Hastings Old Town.
Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, Net Shops, The Stade, The Old Town
The tall black wooden Net Shops on the beach front at Hastings.  They were used to dry fishing nets.
Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, The Stade, Net Shops, Hastings Miniature Railway, Turntable, The Old Town
The recently restored Hastings Miniature Railway.
Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, The Old Town
Looking up All Saints Street in The Old Town.
Coastal Road Trip, Hastings, The Old Town, All Saints Street
We had just walked past The Crown Pub, which had just been voted the best place to have a pint in the UK.  Unfortunately we only read that after leaving Hastings….

 

Bulverhythe

Coastal Road Trip, Bulverhythe Beach, Beach Huts
More colourful beach huts on Bulverhythe Beach, just a few miles west of Hastings.

 

Bexhill-on-Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Bexhill-on-Sea, Promenade, Channel View, Tea beside the sea
The elegant Bexhill-on-Sea Promenade.
Coastal Road Trip, Bexhill-on-Sea, De La Warr Pavilion, Promenade
The De La Warr Pavilion on the sea front at Bexhill, now a local centre for contemporary art.  Bob Marley had his first ever UK performance there too.

 

Cooden Beach

Coastal Road Trip, Cooden Beach, White Beach Huts
Driving past some rather large houses we reached Cooden Beach.

 

Eastbourne

Coastal Road Trip, Eastbourne, Eastbourne Beach, Beach Huts
Yet more colour-coordinated beach huts along Eastbourne Beach.
Coastal Road Trip, Eastbourne, Eastbourne Pier, Beach
The view along Eastbourne Beach to the pier.  By now we were starting to see the weird coloured pre-Storm Ophelia sky.
Coastal Road Trip, Eastbourne, Eastbourne Pier, Beach, Truck, CAT, caterpillar
Caterpillar trucks were shifting around shingle on the beach, to restore the sea defences in preparation for winter storms.

 

Beachy Head

Coastal Road Trip, Beachy Head, Beachy Head Lighthouse, Cliffs
Really dramatic views over the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head to the Lighthouse.
Coastal Road Trip, Beachy Head, Beachy Head Lighthouse, Cliffs, Julian, Jarno
Don’t look down….. you could walk right up to the cliff edge!
Coastal Road Trip, Beachy Head, Belle Tout Lighthouse, Cliff
Belle Tout Lighthouse, now a private residence.  In 1999 it had to be moved 17 meters back from the cliff edge to save it falling off due to coastal erosion.  It was featured in the BBC’s ‘The Life and Loves of a She-Devil’ and James Bond’s ‘The Living Daylights’.
Coastal Road Trip, Beachy Head, Belle Tout Lighthouse, Old Foundations, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters
Parts of the original building and foundations, right on the cliff edge.  In the distance you can see the cliffs of the Seven Sisters past Birling Gap.

 

Birling Gap

Coastal Road Trip, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters, National Trust,
The bright white Seven Sisters chalk cliffs viewed from the National Trust managed Birling Gap.

 

Seaford

Coastal Road Trip, Seaford, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
It felt like the end of the world.  The lighting was totally surreal.  Such a dark sky in the distance over Newhaven, contrasting against the bright blue-green sea, and the warm colours of the pebble beach.  Storm Ophelia was on its way.
Coastal Road Trip, Seaford, Beach, Beach Huts, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Another palette of candy coloured beach huts on Seaford Beach.

 

Newhaven

Coastal Road Trip, Newhaven, Port, Lighthouse, Breakwater, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
The lighthouse at the end of the breakwater at Newhaven, we had also seen it in the distance from Seaford.
Coastal Road Trip, Newhaven, Fort, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
The path down to Newhaven Fort, with Seaford Bay in the background.  The fort was the largest defence built on the Sussex coastline.

 

Brighton

Coastal Road Trip, Brighton, Pier, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
As we know Brighton well, having had our UK base and home there for the last few years, we just stopped briefly to take photos of the famous Brighton Pier (AKA Brighton Palace Pier).
Coastal Road Trip, Brighton, Pier, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
The Brighton Pier is now the only surviving pier at Brighton, the Royal Suspension Chain Pier was its predecessor, but you can still see remains of the West Pier opposite the British Airways i360 tower.

 

Hove

Coastal Road Trip, Hove, Beach Huts, Promenade, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
The long promenade at Hove, Brighton’s coastal neighbour.

 

Southwick

Coastal Road Trip, Southwick, River Adur, Fishing Boat, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Actually we didn’t stop at Southwick, but we got stuck in a traffic jam along the River Adur, so managed this picture of a fishing boat from the car window.

 

Lancing

Coastal Road Trip, Lancing, Beach Hut, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Lancing beach was really busy with kite-surfers, unfortunately the photos were pretty terrible (I blame the weird pre-storm lighting), but we caught them on video, check below.
Coastal Road Trip, Lancing, Beach, Worthing Pier, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Looking west towards Worthing Pier in the distance.

 

Worthing

Coastal Road Trip, Worthing, Worthing Pier, Beach, Sahara sand, Iberian wildfire smoke dust, Storm Ophelia
Worthing, our final stop on this four day part of our Coastal Road Trip.   The original pier dates back to 1862 though through fire and storm damage it has been rebuilt and updated many times over the years.

 

Daily video

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Day 39 – Rye to Worthing

  1. Great pictures of the sea during storm Ophelia. Nice to see a seal (have you seen any seals up till now?) – we saw a lizard on the cliff at hastings (doesn’t compare to an otter though !)

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