Sorry about only being attachments- but that is the way I work.
Working left to right and top to bottom but I said I would give a ride repot on our local MUP. Today I did a quick- well slow really- 40 miler and finished up for Pie on Eastbourne seafront and my favourite cafe. You can see why and this was Black and Redcurrants- with custard thrown in running through the middle. It did taste as good as it looks.
But the local Cuckoo trail runs around 20 miles from Eastbourne to Heathfield and the Town I live at- Hailsham- is about halfway along it. It is an old Railway line so no major climbs and it got it's name from the abundance of Cuckoos that can be heard on its route---Or it may only be one that travels a lot. But the first part of it travels through housing estates and commercial premises so I modified the route to give you a History lesson.
The concrete? structure is a "Martello Tower". Built as fortresses along the South coast to thwart any invasion by the French in the 1700's. The invasion never came but the Martello's still stand. They are so solid that even WWll did not damage them. A Lot newer is sovereign harbour. built as a Marina for small leisure boats but lots of housing has gone up to cater for the Londoners that work in the City as a weekend retreat. Lots of them are up for sale right now.
I have shown you pics of Pevensey castle in the past but in Pevensey villlage there is the town Gaol. Bit small but I suppose there was not much crime in the 1700's. Pevensey is one of the "Historic" parts of our nation and this is where Wiliam the Conqurer landed in 1066. The house in pic 6 is just one I love and shows the type of local houses that we have. Not all are like this- but this is one of the typical Country cottages that abound in this area- and it has a market value if around £600,000. About $1 million to you lot.
So onto the Cuckoo trail for just a few miles to home on this trip. One of the features on this part are the seats that have been built. All are made from the trees cleared in the maintenance of the trail and like any "Bodging" woodman- no two seats are even remotely alike. The two views of the trail looking North and south from the seat. First view you get of Hailsham is the Town Pond. There is no liner in it to retain water- Just good Wealden Clay and they emptied it a few years ago- just before a drought hit. It still filled up in a couple of months.
Last effigy is a-"Totem Pole"? They put these up on the Sustrans cycle networks somewhere- but this one is very handy for me. It is outside the back gate of my daughters house so that was the end of my Cuckoo trail ride today. It was time for tea and Scones straight from the oven. Except she wasn't in and I had to make do with coffee and a bacon sarnie from my son-in law.
Part two will go North and show yet more of our interesting seat along the way.