We both have aching legs this morning so nothing strenuous today methinks. After breakfast we decided to have a look at the old town area after having passed an interesting half-timbered building on the way back on the bus yesterday so we walked up there.

There is very little left of interest in the old town and I gather the morons that passed for the local council were still demolishing historical buildings in the 1970s. The old church is still there dating from the 12th century, the Lamb Inn (the one we saw from the bus – 1st picture below), another half-timbered house (2nd picture below), the old parsonage  3rd picture below) together with an old barn/coach house and that's it really.

We went back to our hotel for morning coffee and then drove off to Seaford Head where we parked. We had been here before for time enough to take a picture of the well known view of the Seven Sisters with the cottages in the foreground but that was all. We knew that there was a large area designated as a nature reserve which went right up to the cliff edge so we wanted to have a look round.

We turned right off the main track along a footpath which, we could see on the map, went to the cliff edge and soon found ourselves at a place called Hope Gap. This, like Birling Gap, is a point in the cliffs where it's possible to get down to the shore with the aid of a few steps.

We hadn't known about Hope Gap so it was an interesting find. Down the steps we went to potter about on the sea shore. We also discovered that the best possible view of the Seven Sisters, barring using a boat, is from this point; either from the shore or up on the cliffs. In the next picture you can see the Hope Gap steps, the shore (only when the tide is out) and the Seven Sisters.

Where the tide had gone out it had left a wave cut chalk platform with many shallow rock pools. We had a look in a number of pools and saw some shrimps and small fish but nothing else. Someone we spoke to said they'd seen a few crabs but we were hoping to see some sea anemones although we were out of luck.

There were some large blocks of cliff on the shore in places where the cliff had come down but they were much harder than chalk. Probably some sort of Breccia of which there are some in the next picture. The head and shoulders belong to Amanda.

If you count 'The Sisters', not including the extreme right-hand headland which is not part of them, you will probably count only six. That is because, starting from the left, number five is actually two lumps but the first is jutting out and partly obscuring the next so that they appear as one from this viewpoint. The low point between the last 'sister' and the headland on the right-hand end is Birling Gap.

Between Seaford Head, where we are, and the first of the Seven Sisters is Cuckmere Haven Beach which you can see in this picture.

You can see here that parts of the chalk cliffs which form Seaford Head have a significant depth of a brown deposit on top. This is Loess which is a wind-blown sandy deposit which tends to collect in the valleys probably at the time of the last ice age. Water running over these deposits tends to run down and stain the chalk cliffs below.

Having had a good look around we headed back to Eastbourne and having parked our car at the hotel decided a walk along the seafront was in order. We could hear the sound of music in the distance and found that a brass band was playing in the Bandstand on the the promenade so we had to stop and listen for a while. The seagulls obviously don't understand good manners as two of them, at one point, were perched on top of the Bandstand screeching their heads off.

When we had almost reached the pier we saw this very colourful display of flowers.

Going onto the pier we arrived at the Victorian Tea Rooms which I'd mentioned on our first day. We didn't go in, although it looked very nice inside, because it was getting near to dinner time and we didn't want to be tempted by any scrumptious looking cake. Next time perhaps. The dome beyond the tearooms is the Camera Obscura which was closed when we were there so we weren't able to go in.

We spotted this little structure which I assume must be a shelter of some kind. I suppose that if, while walking on the pier, it starts to rain it would offer some temporary respite. We rather liked the view seen through the glass divider.

We walked back to the Wish Tower, near our hotel, so I'll leave you with this last view of the seafront at Eastbourne taken from the hump on which the Wish Tower stands. Amanda has decided that she loves Eastbourne and, I have to admit, there is something about the place. A typical English seaside resort without the usual tastelessness that often goes with it. A rather attractive, grand and genteel town.

Tomorrow we leave for home – but ….