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It seems incredible to me that I have lived in Eastbourne for over half my life. I moved here back in 1986 to be with the love of my life, Lynn. We are still together over thirty years later and have been in the same house since 1988. The mortgage is almost paid off!
Eastbourne is a town on the south coast of England, about twenty-five miles east of Brighton and sixty miles south of London. It sits at the end of the South Downs National Park, which runs for a hundred miles from Winchester. In 1993 when I was younger (and fitter), I spent a week walking the South Downs Way, stopping off and staying at villages along the way.
There is plenty to do in and around Eastbourne. Here are several highlights of the town that I hope will be of interest to you:
- Eastbourne Promenade: This stretches for four miles along the seafront, from Holywell at the end of the South Downs to the Marina at the eastern end. I love walking along stretches of the promenade and stopping off at different places along the way. Living only five minutes away from the sea certainly has its advantages. During the summer months there is a regular Dotto train that runs the length of the promenade for a very reasonable return fare.
- Beachy Head: This is an unforgettable place for several reasons. This sheer white chalk cliff is a beauty spot towards the end of the South Downs as you approach Eastbourne from the west. There is also a lighthouse at its’s base. Most areas are not fenced off so it is possible, although not advisable, to walk right up to the cliff edge. People come from all over to throw themselves off the cliff.
- Eastbourne Pier: This was built between 1866 and 1872. The pier was originally designed as a simple boardwalk out over the sea. Over the years it has been extended and built upon. On 30 July 2014, a fire broke out. One third of the pier was badly damaged. This photo is from before the fire and shows ‘The Blue Room’ closest to the shore - it is now unlikely to be replaced. The Bandstand is in the foreground.
If you are a traveler, Robert's books will be of special interest. Exclusive Pedigree is a memoir of the life and travels of John Fear, Robert's father. The book is introduced and edited by Robert, as a tribute to his father’s amazing life. Fred's Diary is an account of Robert's travels through Asia.