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Posts Tagged ‘English Channel beach’

52c – Brighton Part IV

Posted by Jody on June 17, 2013

This is one of our favorite beach blogs: The Coastal Path ~ One family’s walk around the coast of Britain. This week the family is touring the Brighton Pier and Brighton’s fabulous shingle beach (a beach which is formed of pebbles). By the way, don’t even think about collecting those beach pebbles! Brighton’s Seafront Officer once told me: We do not allow stone collections from the beach unfortunately. This is because we need to maintain the level of shingle on the beach to assist with coastal defence, so for this reason it is not permitted.

 ~ Oh well, there are plenty of other beaches to comb!

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You can read our family’s very own Brighton Beach memoir here: Brighton ~ A Top 10 British Memory.

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The Coastal Path

We left the Brighton Wheel and headed off up the pier for the rides.  Brighton Pier started off life as the Palace Pier, built in 1823 to service passenger ships arriving from Dieppe.  Over the years it grew and grew into the attraction it is today.  I was quite astonished to find that over its long history it has not once been destroyed by fire, flood, or fractious young fellows with far-fetched foibles (ie kids with matches).  Compared to many of its brethren, Brighton Pier has fared well over the years.

Brighton Pier

As we walked up there were good views back to the east.

View Back East from Brighton PierWhat we were really looking for, however, were the rides.  My wife and aunt decided they were far too mature for such juvenile delights and left the kids and I to our childishness.  It was quite fun, really…

Wild River with insert…although some of us got a little wet…

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Beautiful Hythe, Kent, England

Posted by alainaflute on March 2, 2012

When I lived in the lovely Kentish countryside several years ago (studying flute), we (Trevor Wye and the Studio goers) took a weekly trip to Hythe. We haunted two places: Waitrose and the fish market. I wasn’t big into the fish market (actually, I never went in). Instead, I always headed down to the beach, which was only a few feet away—talk about a fresh catch!

The English Channel is a magnificent, albeit chilly, body of water. The beach at Hythe is made of orange/brown colored rocks and pebbles, and the wind is always blowing. I would stand there and soak up the sea’s energy, always rotating to avoid the chill! However, this was just a small taste of what Hythe has to offer.

Hythe Beach (photo by Peter Trimming, geograph.org.uk/Wikimedia Commons)

Hythe is a lovely seaside village with everything you would expect of a cozy English beach town: beautiful medieval and Georgian buildings, a seafront promenade, and restaurants that sell fish and chips. It boasts other interesting features, including the Royal Military Canal that was built to repel invasion during the Napoleonic wars. Shaded by trees and filled with ducks, a walk along this canal provides a peaceful escape. You can also hop a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Hythe Beach. With Sandgate in the background. (Photo by Andy Potter, geograph.org.uk/Wikimedia Commons)

According to Wikipedia, the word Hythe or Hithe is an Old English word meaning Haven or Landing Place. I would have to agree! Hythe certainly gives off a peaceful vibe that can be best described as “lovely.”

You can read more about Kent at enjoyEngland.com. Enjoy your day at the beach! Cheerio!

Royal Military Canal, Hythe, Kent (Photo by Ian Dunster/Wikimedia Commons)

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