Monday, January 1, 2018

Brighton and surrounds - Monday–New Years Day 2018

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Happy New Year!

We are exploring Brighton today and the weather is still rather gloomy.

To get into Brighton from Lewes we drive into the park and ride and then do the last few miles by bus.  Easier than trying to park.

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We took the traditional stroll down the pier.

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No donkey rides on the beach, donkeys probably too smart to go out in the rain.

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But here is something to cheer up a gloomy day Dear Readers! We stumbled across some Morris Dancers in the Brighton Lanes.

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The ladies delicately dance around with hankies and the blokes wack each other with sticks. Good fun!

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Then we took an afternoon drive to see the Seven Sisters which are chalk cliffs.

The Seven Sisters is a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are within the South Downs National Park which is bounded by the coast, the Cuckmere and the A259 road. They are the remnants of dry valleys in the chalk South Downs, which are gradually being eroded by the sea (Wikipedia)

What we didn't research in advance was that these are a 5 mile round trip from the car pack. On a very muddy and slightly flooded path. And it wasn't normal mud… It was chalk/white mud.

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And then a trek across the shingle, and the daylight was disappearing and it was windy and cold…

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And bless the British. There are hundreds of them out trekking on this path. Lots have brought the littlies in their gumboots and there are at least twice as many happy, excited and muddy dogs as walkers…

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But we made it, at least it was a flat walk with no hills. And took some pretty photos.

Although I wasn't skipping along like the chap on the cover of the Bill Bryson book. And I got my glove caught on some brambles.

 

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I don't think my boots will ever be the same again. And these are my last pair of sort of clean pants…..

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