East Sussex coastal spectacular


Benny's Summer architecture ride

No less than 33 people turned up at Charing Cross station for this ride - probably a record! For a moment it looked as if we would be thwarted in our attempts to get everyone on board but some nifty negotiations thanks to Clare made sure we got an entire carriage for the bikes, so thanks also to Southeastern for sorting that out.

Unloading a packed train carriage  Credit: Philip Loy
Unloading a packed train carriage (photo: Philip Loy)

We spent the day looking at three costal towns: Hastings, Winchelsea and Rye, which had three distinct environments: a seaside resort, the coastal uplands around Fairlight, and the flat landscape of the Romney Marsh.

Classical edifices in St Leonards Credit: Philip Loy
Classical edifices in St Leonards (photo: Philip Loy)

Architectural themes ranged from the unique medieval town planning of Winchelsea, early costal fortifications at Rye, the Pier and fine Regency townscape of Hastings, and St Leonard’s.

Distances weren't that great - perhaps only 15 miles, but it was another classic ride to remember!

Late afternoon picinic in Winchelsea Credit: Philip Loy
Late afternoon picinic in Winchelsea (photo: Philip Loy)

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