A walk along the promenade in St Leonards On Sea and then onto the beach towards Bexhill On Sea.
The Royal Victoria Hotel is looking smart from a lick of paint.
We drop down onto the beach to remind ourselves of Hastings’ own Banksy street art.
It’s a bright sunshine day, cold and breezy, perfect walking weather.
Some of the “new” replacement beach huts, creating shadows
They have been busy over winter, working on the extension of the cycle route that runs along the south coast from Camber through to Brighton, as part of Cycle Route 2 (Sustrans). I’ll take you to Camber Sands another day.
The beach is busy, dog walkers, fishermen, cyclists and promenaders.
A brisk breeze reminded you it is February, but its good to feel the sun’s warmth..
We take our time, gently strolling along, looking back at the view over to St Leonards and the pier, stopping and staring out to sea.
Our beach is changing, they have been working on the sea defences for several years.
It has changed the shape and the aspect of the beach. Removing and repairing wooden groynes, replacing them with alien rocks from Norway.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so busy. The new path is popular, or maybe it’s because we’ve been cooped up all week with low grey skies and now we want to feel the sun on our faces.
We stop for a cup of coffee to watch the world go by.
There’s something perfect about sitting in a cafe, the sun streaming in through the windows, listening to the hubbub of chat, with the backdrop of the noise from a coffee machine.
I couldn’t come home for a few days and not go for a walk on the beach.