May
2016

Engineering works on the South East Coast

Due To Engineering works there are no trains.!

We seem to have been experiencing a hell of a lot of engineering works going on down on the South East Coast line these days. ‘They gotta do what they gotta do’ ;but as an escape route  it’s getting extremely complicated to get a day down the coast. Engineering works put a spanner in the works that’s for sure.

In comparison, and I often draw this comparison. It’s only half an hour on the metro to get to the coast from Newcastle & Edinburgh; and even in NYC you can be in Coney or Long Island quicker than you get to the Kent Coast from London. It’s cheaper as well. Saying that, I managed to see quite a lot of Kent in one day. It’s something I guess.

The dreaded rail replacement bus!

The dreaded rail replacement bus!

After a lot of difficulty we got to Faversham from London , so we had a nice lunch there before getting onto the Replacement  bus  to Herne Bay. This was somewhat painful as well as comical .

The driver decided to blast us with his Traditional Jazz music  CD ! Frankly it was just weird! I burst out laughing at first . When I  looked round at the other passengers they did not seem amused!! They sat there Stoney faced as this was nothing unusual! What a drag…Perhaps he should have played the Sex Pistols or the Ramones or something.

Eventually after a 45 minute bone breaking bus journey steering through steep and narrow roads, in bungalow heaven, we arrived!At Herne Bay we caught the  Ramsgate train. We had intended to walk from there to Margate a good 7 mile walk with really lovely natural landscape in between including Broadstairs.

Surrounded by youngsters on the train knocking back booze, We got off a few stops early & left them to it.

The walk from Westgate to Margate is brief, a flat promenade. As it was unseasonably hot for May there were plenty of people on the seafront sitting in deck chairs outside their huts.

In  Margate we sampled some local cider from a couple of Micro-breweries; one  in The Harbour and another in the town. At this point were too jaded to bother with the Turner Gallery.

Returning to London via Canterbury

Returning on the slow route was a train from Margate to Canterbury West, as we had to get off there anyway to walk to Canterbury East to pick up the london train, we decided to eat there.We found a great place where the food was Half Italian & half Lebanese! We noted we would pop back for a day out another time.

It was about 9pm at this time and still a couple of trains to get back. An all round 12 hour journey.

Newhaven to East Dean

Next Saturday I’m leading a group on day out down the coast and as far as I’m aware the trains are running properly. Although I have done this walk & variations on this walk several times, it always pay to do it before leading a group. Even in terms of checking that I’m fit enough to do it. The Seven Sisters Walk is a challenge for most people. Especially if you haven’t been out walking in a while.

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The day  starts at Victoria. We then we have to change at Lewes; my favorite railway  station. We take the train to Newhaven Harbor, where we start our days trek.

 

 

I love a sign!

I love a sign!

We start walking at the old harbor area; which for jaded eyes is a fine start.  Within 15 minutes we are face to face with the sea front.

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After an hour walking we are at the end of Seaford and it’s a steep ascent after that up to Seaford Head, this takes us down to the valley.

here we go again!

Here we go again!

 

It’s always inspiring to walk along the cliffs

a welcoming site

A welcoming site- National Trust Cottage (sometimes for hire)

 

Funnily enough I re- watched a  Film 20,000 Days on Earth last night. Some of the film was shot in this house.

 

A very interesting conversation between Nick Cave and his fellow musician Warren Ellis. There is a good conversation between the two discussing Nina Simones backstage behavior at an event held in  London’s Royal Festival Hall. This was  recalled while  Warren Ellis was cooking up eels for a not very hungry Nick Cave!  Entertaining. ***

Seaford Head Nature Reserve and the Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wild birds, flowers and sea life.

https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/seaford-head

We watched a crane bird or a heron? catch a fish as we strolled along the valley heading towards Seven Sisters cliffs.

a sign!!

A  Sign!! (I do love a Sign!)

A gate! I also do like a gate!

A gate! I also do like a gate!

Having managed the Seven Sisters, with tired legs I reach this gate with some sense of relief that the worst part is over.

At this point we are heading up towards East Dean Village for a well-earned drink. As we cut through the small woodland, we come across a slow-worm which is like a small snake. Or as described in Wikipedia

The Anguis fragilis, or slow worm, is a limbless lizard native to Eurasia. It is sometimes called a blindworm.”

I’m not a fan of snakes or worms, so moving on, we leave the woods and lo and behold we see the light!  The Tiger Inn at East Dean, where a wide range of beers and ciders are waiting to be sampled.

 

 Until them my fellow travellers ..

keep putting one foot in front of the other when you can.x

 

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