Here we are, finally back on writing post. I have been unable to go many places this year. With this pandemic and with this constant changing of rules, it’s hard to plan.
But, I have been exploring some places outside of London. I would love to talk about this Seatown in East Sussex, in the South East of England, called Hastings.
A bit of history first: Hastings it’s also known as Cinque Ports. The town name comes from the Battle of the most critical event in English history. William of Normandy defeated the Anglo-Saxon pretender to the throne Harold Godwinson. At the end of the battle, Harold died, shot in the eye with an arrow, (according to legend) and his forces destroyed.
How to get there.
Simple! If you are coming from London without your own transportation. Take the train from Charing Cross station to Hastings. The train will take you about an hour/ and hour and half to get to destination. As soon as you leave the station there is a map of the city, take a picture and let your instinct guide you!
There are different way also to move around, I did a lot of walking exploring the surrounding, and it was so nice!
Where to eat.
Big highlight of seaside. FISH & CHIPS. This is a must to experience, when the fish it’s so fresh from the coast. The best places I tried along the seaside Maggie’s Fish & Chips and Mermaid Fish & Chips Restaurant. There are so many along Rock-a-Nore road, one after another, so you decide which one to pick. I went more for Tripadvisor 5 stars and I need to say it, it was worth it also for the price of it (about £12 including 2 beers).
What to do.
The activities in the area are many. It’s all come down to how much time you have and what you would love to focus on.
The Hastings Country Park. It’s located at the southernmost point of the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty. It has 660 acres of ancient woodland, cliffs and heathland. This was fun to explore. I took the funicular railways rattling up and down its sandstone cliffs. This saved me all the steps on the way up for only £3. The view was stunning from there, and go in the afternoon if you would like to avoid some crowd.
On the West Hill, is what’s left of Hastings’ Norman motte-and-bailey castle. Willing to see the castle? Hastings organise a trip from their main station. For more accurate information about departures times, visit the Hastings Visitor Information Centre.
The Stade, east of Pelham Beach. It’s Europe’s largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats Europe. It used to baching boats for more than a millennium.
Pelham Beach and Hastings Pier. Start to discover the rest of the area by walking along the beach. There are so many new empty spots for yourself (this is where my pictures are coming from).
The spot I found it’s actually after the main beach and the pier, passing the old town and the West Hill. In the UK, the high tide is strong, meaning, after a couple of hours you can find yourself stuck with no way back. I spent at least 3 hours to be able to go back to the old town. So, make sure you consider that before adventuring as a did. Definitely next time I would go early morning and leave before lunchtime.
There are also many museums. I would definatly highlight Shipwreck Museum and Jerwood Gallery. They are on the pathway, easy to spot and not that busy. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and if you visit with child, Blue Reef Aquarium and True Crime Museum.
How does it sound for a daily trip? I had so much fun! If you are planning a visit, leave me a comment, I will be more than happy to read about your experience.