On Saturday, we took the train to Eastbourne, buying cheap day returns “Plus Bus”. I think I have mentioned Plus Bus before but it’s worth a reminder. When you buy day return rail tickets, for most destinations you can add “Plus Bus” for a few pounds more. This turns your ticket into a day travel card on the buses at your destination. If you want to travel around and see the sights, this saves a lot of money. The Plus Bus ticket isn’t limited to the town but usually covers quite a large area. You can find maps online or at tourist information offices.
Arriving in Eastbourne, we walked through the town. It was a beautiful sunny day and the streets were crowded with shoppers and day-trippers, making an animated scene. We made our way to the pier and the nearby stop for the 12A bus.
This bus goes all the way to Brighton but our destination was en route. We were going to Beachy Head.
If you do not live in Britain, you may not know that Beachy Head is known for two things, its beautiful views of the sea and coast and its favoured status among suicides as a jumping off point. Just the other day someone drove a car over the cliff top with predictable (and presumably desired) results. There is an advertisement for the Samaritans in the car park.
We had a slightlyover-indulgent lunch in the pub, looked around the visitor’s centre and then sat on the cliff-top, admiring the view and enjoying the sunny weather.
In the late afternoon, we caught the bus back to town and then took the 99 to Pevensey Bay. This is a sweet little Sussex seaside town, very quiet and with an almost unspoilt beach. Again there were beautiful views, the antics of gulls to watch and a feeling of peace and relaxation.
I thought you might like a photo of us on the beach with some blackheaded gulls.