Day 40 – Worthing to Highcliffe

On day forty we started the next of our mini four day Coastal Road Trips, this time from Worthing in West Sussex to Plymouth in Devon.   Today we are heading as far as Highcliffe in Dorset, and the weather looks super for the end of October.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, St Leonards Grange, Sunstar, Sunbeam, Lane, Road, Tree, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Dappled sunlight along the coastal country lane between Buckler’s Hard and Lymington.


Bognor Regis

Coastal Road Trip, Bognor Regis, Beach, Pier
We tried to make Elmer, west of Worthing, our first stop of the day, but we couldn’t find a way to the beach (seemed private access only).  So we continued passed the local Butlins to Bognor Regis Beach, with views west towards its pier.
Coastal Road Trip, Bognor Regis, Beach
Further along Bognor Regis Beach, and the view towards Pagham.



Coastal Road Trip, Selsey, East Beach
We then drove down the Manhood Peninsula towards Selsey Bill.   Doesn’t the beach look familiar?   To be honest many of the beaches along the West Sussex coastline seemed quite similar, nothing wrong with that, but just made the photos look quite similar too!
Coastal Road Trip, Selsey, Grafton Road, Tower
An interesting tower above what turned out to be a care-home, overlooking the most southerly point of Selsey’s Beach.


East Whitering

Coastal Road Trip, East Whitering, Beach, View to Porstmouth, Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham Bay
Catching our first glimpse of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in the distance as we looked west along the coast from East Whitering’s Bracklesham Bay.



Coastal Road Trip, Chichester, Bill's, Coffee, Sister, Julian, Jarno
Dropping in for a quick coffee with Julian’s sister and brother-in-law in the county town of Chichester.  We ended up with a bit of a family day as we stayed with Julian’s parents in the evening, and also popped into visit one of his brother’s and his family.



Coastal Road Trip, Hayling Island, Beach, Seafront, View of Portsmouth
Hayling Island’s seafront, with the Funland Amusement Park just further down the beach.
Coastal Road Trip, Hayling Island, Beach, Seafront, Beach Huts
Yay, more beach huts to add to our beach-hut-photo-collection 😉



Coastal Road Trip, Eastney, Beach, Seaguls, Esplanade
Plenty of Seaguls at Eastney Beach.
Coastal Road Trip, Eastney, Beach, Beach Huts, Esplanade
A pair of legs enjoying the October sunshine!
Coastal Road Trip, Eastney, Royal Marines Museum, Statue, Sculpture, Esplanade
The Yomper Statue outside the now closed Royal Marines Museum (which will be moving to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard).



Coastal Road Trip, Southsea, Southsea Castle Lighthouse
Southsea Castle from the 16th century, and its lighthouse from the 1820s, overlooking the Solent.
Coastal Road Trip, Southsea, Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea Common
The Portsmouth Naval Memorial on the front of Southsea Common as we entered Portsmouth.



Coastal Road Trip, Portsmouth, Harbour Entrance, Solent, Yacht, Ferry, Pilot Boat
The Solent and the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour were bustling with activity, with all kinds of boats, ships, yachts, ferries…
Coastal Road Trip, Portsmouth, Harbour Entrance, Solent, Hovercraft, Yacht, Fort Monckton
… and hovercraft, sailing off in all directions.
Coastal Road Trip, Portsmouth, Harbour Entrance, Solent, Spitbank Fort, Yacht
Spitbank Fort sitting in the Solent, now a luxury hotel and venue.  We checked the price for a night stay, it was a little on the high side…. but afternoon tea is a little more reasonable 😉
Coastal Road Trip, Portsmouth, Spinnaker Tower
One of Portsmouth’s latest landmarks, the Spinnaker Tower that was opened in 2005.  We then drove past Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.   There seemed to be a lot to see and do, so we’ll be back when we have more time to explore properly.



Coastal Road Trip, Calshot Castle, Calshot Spit, Fawley, Calshot
We then skirted around the Southampton Water, past Hamble, Southampton and Hythe and back down to Calshot Castle at the end of a spit overlooking The Solent.
Coastal Road Trip, Fawley, Refinery, Calshot Spit,
The views of Fawley Refinery, reminding us of Day 2’s view from Pembroke to Milford Haven.
Coastal Road Trip, Calshot, Redjet, Hi-Speed ferry, Yacht, Solent
Calshot Castle was a great vantage point for viewing the busy Solent.



Coastal Road Trip, Lepe, Lepe Country Park, Solent, Yacht
Our next stop at the Lepe Country Park.  The views across the Solent to Cowes on the Isle of Wight (and into the sun, hence the glow!).
Coastal Road Trip, Lepe Lighthouse, Beaulieu River Millennium Beacon
Lepe Lighthouse (AKA Beaulieu River Millennium Beacon) sticking out above the trees, just after Lepe Country Park.



Coastal Road Trip, Beaulieu, Mill Dam, River, The Mill House
Crossing over the Beaulieu River, we stopped to take pictures across the Mill Dam at Beaulieu.


Buckler’s Hard

Coastal Road Trip, Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu River
Buckler’s Hard on the west side of the Beaulieu River.
Coastal Road Trip, St Leonards Grange, Sunset, Fields, Meadow, Tree, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Continuing on the coastal road from Buckler’s Hard, there were beautiful views across the fields near St Leonards Grange.
Coastal Road Trip, St Leonards Grange, Sunstar, Sunbeam, Lane, Road, Tree, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Loved the soft sun-rays, and the dappled light on the country lane as we continued to Lymington.



Coastal Road Trip, Lymington, Harbour, Marina, Yachts, Boats
As we continued into the New Forest, we arrived at the major yachting harbour and marinas at Lymington, home to several world famous sailing regattas.
Coastal Road Trip, Lymington, Quay Street
The cobbled Quay Street.



Coastal Road Trip, Keyhaven, Boats, Hust Castle, Milford on Sea, Lymington
We stopped by Keyhaven near Milford on Sea, as we were curious if we could see Hurst Castle in the distance (we couldn’t).  The ferry to Hurst Castle leaves from Keyhaven, but we had missed the last one of the day.


Milford on Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Milford on Sea, Milford-on-Sea, Cliff Road, View to Hengistbury Head and Swanage, Sunset, Jarno
Jarno filming from the top of the cliffs at Milford on Sea, towards Hengistbury Head and Swanage.


Barton on Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Barton on Sea, Marine Drive East, View to Hengistbury Head and Swanage, Sunset, Dusk
As the sun set, we made our final stop of the day at Barton on Sea, before continuing to Highcliffe for the night.


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