a visit to Hastings, and the ocean

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The ocean is beautiful. For me there's something about the sound of waves crashing against the sand, the stickiness of salt in your hair, on your face and the refreshing vividness of the smell!

Visiting the ocean makes me happy.

So I was very happy and pleasantly surprised when hubby and I arrived in St Leonards-on-Sea and Hastings for a long weekend to see wide open ocean for miles that was just asking to be explored...

enjoying the sunset on East Hill, overlooking Hastings Old Town
enjoying the sunset on East Hill, overlooking Hastings Old Town

 Hastings old town sits between two hills, both worth climbing. On the west sits the ruins of Hastings Castle, and to the East is the conveniently named 'East Hill', with sweeping views of the town and ocean.

Walking along charming cobbled street with bunting in Hastings Old Town

As well as the ocean, Hastings Old Town has it's own charm too. We ignored the penny arcades along the promenade and headed inland to tour the old cobbled streets.

 And then it was back to the beach!

Walking along Hastings Beach, England
walking along Hastings beach 

My Heart Belongs to Hastings, Love Locks

I have a bit of a soft spot for early morning activities when at the ocean. On our second day in Hastings I donned my running shoes and headed west...

Hastings Beach - early morning

... and I wasn't the only person up early.

Hastings Beach - early morning

Even when the ocean's stormy I think it's beautiful. On our last day in Hastings the rain came. Thankfully we had a great view of Hastings Beach from our holiday rental. Dramatic right!

Hastings Beach during a storm

If you want to visit Hastings it's just a short 90 minute train ride from London Charing Cross Station. Train tickets on Southern Railways are actually relatively cheap - we paid £22 return each, which is quite a bargain for the UK. Yay!!

Hastings Beach, England

 Do you have a favourite beach you like to visit?

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10 comments

  1. Oh next time I travel to London I will have to remember this! I would love to have a beach getaway!

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    1. Well Hastings is certainly easy to get to from London, yet it feels so far away :)

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  2. Oh is Hastings in one of Shakespeare's play?? I think I've heard that name before! It looks so nice! I love how all the southern british beach have a boardwalk - I wish they had that in Scotland (although it might defeat the point ha!)

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    1. Hmmm I'm not sure. Just did a google search and Richard the III came up quite a lot, so maybe? The boardwalks are rather lovely for a salty stroll!

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  3. Looks lovely, I like the shot with the bunting, very cosy! Have a great week!

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  4. I love the ocean. I have only realised that in the last few months, when I am near the ocean it has a calming effect. I think it's because I grew up on the beach and it just seems so familiar, no matter where I am. x

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    1. I know what you mean - growing up in NZ you're pretty much always within a hours drive of the beach. And going to the beach is just the norm. I always feel so refreshed after a seaside weekend :)

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  5. How gorgeous. I miss the ocean. We live by a great lake so we can still go swimming and go to the beach, but I miss the salt in the sea air. I think tha last photo of you encapsulates how I feel by the sea!

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    1. Lol - thanks Holly. There's nothing like taking happy jumping snaps on the beach!

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