St Leonards on Sea, Hastings & Rye

Hastings pier

Grey skies

Seagulls posing for the camera

Rye’s cobbled streets

Bob the campervan

As you can see, the start of my south-coast road trip last week was a little wet, to say the least. Despite the stormy weather I had a great time exploring St Leonards and Hastings (even if all the junk shops were closed!). I found a lovely cafe in St Leonards on Norman Road, the Little Larder, which had the most amazing selection of homemade cakes, very good coffee, and the loveliest vintage decor.

Hastings had a slightly aged and weathered feel to it. You get the feeling that it has been neglected for some time, but there seem be to  local projects starting to rejuvenate the area. The pier burnt down in 2010; the remains look strangely beautiful though, especially on a dramatic grey-skied day.

Following a brief look around Hastings I travelled on to nearby Rye. Even in the drizzly rain Rye was charming. There were so many little boutiques and cafes, cobbled streets, wood-panelled houses in pastel colours and bunting everywhere from the Jubilee a few weeks ago. I must go back sometime soon and have a proper look around.

The weather improved that evening, and we parked up Bob the campervan at our campsite. Our pitch was between an apple orchard and a vineyard; perfect!

I have so many more photos to share. The weather was warm and sunny for the rest of my trip and I drove through the lovely Kent countryside to visit the very photogenic town of Whitstable…back soon!


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