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March 30 - Angmering-on-Sea


sunny 19 °C

Another gloriously sunny day, so we decided to just stay around Angmering-on-Sea. We did a 6km coastal walk to Worthing and back, along the many greenswards next to the beach and then spent the afternoon reading (I've just bought Tim Moore's "You are awful (but I like you) - Travels through unloved Britain") in the cottage courtyard and on the beach

At 7:15pm, I picked up Rob and Jo from Worthing station (20 minutes away). They had decided to come down by train because there were threats of a strike by petrol-tanker drivers

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March 29 - Wakehurst Place

The country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

sunny 20 °C

A 50km drive brought us to The National Trust's Wakehurst Place, the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

We had hoped for swathes of spring colour but unfortunately apart from a few magnolias and rhododendrons the most colourful thing we saw was an exhibition of wild meadow paintings by artist John Thompson

At GBP12 per person to get in, it's a bit of rip-off if you're not a fanatical gardener as the walks we had through the property could have been had in any wood in the country


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March 28 - Brighton

and Ferring, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham

sunny 19 °C

Ferring, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham - don't waste your time. But Shoreham is a working port and it's good to see it so busy

As some of you may know, Jeni and I have been considering taking a long-term rental in the Brighton area. After today's visit that is definitely not going to happen. We just didn't like Brighton - too much traffic, terrible parking, pretty dirty and just an unpleasant feel to the place. Apart from that, we loved it


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March 27 - Steyning, Amberley and Arundel


sunny 20 °C

A 20-minute drive took us up to Steyning on a quiet road across the Downs. Steyning is an ancient and historic village with proper shops


From there another 20-minute drive led us to the small and very charming village of Amberley - we both want to live there. In the historic Norman church of St Michael, we noticed an interesting publication "Protecting Young Ringers - Guidelines for maintaining a safe environment for young people in the belfry" - who knew that villages still kept their youngsters in the belfry?

Jeni actually bought a small book about Amberley and it contains some marvellous anecdotes - an inhabitant called "Lord Moon" used to amuse himself by having foot-races with local youths, he would run along the top of quickset hedges and they would run along the ground; he would win

There is also the wonderful, semi-ruined Amberley Castle in the grounds of which there is a Relais & Chateaux hotel


Our final stop was Arundel, again just a 20-minute drive. Despite being a very popular destination (cathedral, huge castle, river and ancient town), the place is still very pleasant to walk around and for some reason, many of its restaurants have separate vegetarian menus


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March 26 - Littlehampton, Bognor, Itchenor and Chichester

and Rustington, Selsey and the Witterings

sunny 20 °C

Rustington, Littlehampton, Selsey, East and West Wittering - don't waste your time, which you won't have a lot of as the roads in this area are so congested - even tiny roads into tiny villages have streams of cars

Bognor Regis was fine for a walk along the promenade in the sun and Itchenor is as lovely as ever (I used to live in the village) with a good pub about 100 metres from glorious Chichester Harbour


Chichester is still a lovely, walkable city with the well-preserved North, South, East and West Streets radiating from the Market Cross just near the cathedral



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