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Monday, 30 April 2012

Day 21 - Fareham to Dover - Frustration & Depression Day

Actual Miles Driven Today - 246

The Untouched Corner of Old Fareham - The Rest is Modern if you like that sort of thing.
Fareham, Hampshire, being the place of my birth and growing up, was approached with mixed feelings. 

I was looking forward to meeting my sister and family after such a long time.

The roads layout has changed so much I had difficulty finding the way in.

I also needed to visit the graves of Mum & Dad and my Younger Brother, who died at 26, all of which I managed to do while there.


The day was always going to be difficult due to the numbers of awkward places I had to go into. 

It excelled itself as I arrived at my Dover Hotel at 9pm in total darkness having failed to see much at all during the last hour.

During the day my frustration sitting in long traffic jams caused me to categorise these two groups of vehicle that I seemed to be blessed with many times.

The Rottingdean to Eastbourne Crawl
Group 1. Honky Tonks - who persist in driving 10 to 15 mph slower than the limit.

Group 2. Brick Watzits - Big vehicles who always seem to be in front of me so that I cannot see the few much needed Road Signs that do exist ( I had no sat nav for 17 days )

Leaving The Ellerie House Hotel Fareham

I left the Hotel with a mission to drive the top of what is known as Portsdown Hill which runs the length of the lower road from Fareham to Portsmouth and beyond. 

It is the home of what were known as Palmerston's Follies, a series of Forts designed to protect the city.

The Royal armouries at Fort Nelson

One of these Forts now houses the Royal Armoury.

I also wanted to see the Development Base where friend Barry Murray-Upton and I worked for a while. It is called 'A.S.W.E.' for short.

Outside of A.S.W.E.'s  Security Fencing
The View across Portsmouth and the Harbour from Portsdown Hill
Now for travelling my route. I needed to backtrack towards Southampton to do the coast of Hill Head, Lee on Solent and then Gosport.

The Beach at Hill Head
Lee on Solent Beach Front Homes
I made a short visit to see Ann's cousin Colin who has a lovely house on this beach road with fabulous sea views of the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Colin with Mog.
That Solent View - Sailing & Shipping 
I travelled on to Gosport where I visited Naval Base of HMS Sultan to get permission to take my Photo. HMS Sultan also contains another of those Palmerston Forts

HMS SULTAN from across the road.
The nearby Fort 

At Gosport waterfront is the Ferry Terminal to Portsmouth & Southsea. I went there for the best location to get a photo of the harbour.
The Gosport to Portsmouth Ferry Terminal
The View across the Harbour to Portsmouth with the Spinnaker Tower and the Masts of HMS Victory to the left
It was on to the Submarine Museum next for a short stop (where a copy of my Fathers WW2 War Record is stored).

An Early Submarine

The Submarine Museum
On the way out of Gosport I visited my old Naval Cadet base of HMS Collingwood (where I had been a 12 yr old Cadet ). It is now a very High Security establishment. 

No 'walk ins' allowed here anymore.


Portsea Island, the home of the City of Portsmouth & Southsea is the first of my three peninsulars to circumnavigate today. 

Along the way I pass the building where my Career in Clothing Manufacturing began when it was owned by the C&A company.


I started writing my life story called 'When I Stepped Down off of the Bus', as this was how I arrived at the Bus Stop there on my first day at work.


I was travelling to Portsmouth using the A road trying to keep to its coast. 

Not Possible now as everything merges into two motorway type road junctions with lanes switching needed at short notice. 

It is no wonder that I found myself on the M27 running back towards Fareham again. It came as a surprise to me adding about 10 miles to my trip.

HMS Warrior moored outside of Portsmouth Dockyard

Ten minutes later I was back in the City trying to find the Harbour. 

Yippee, I found it first time. 

I already knew that I could not organise a visit into the Main Dockyard to see HMS Victory up close, so I had to settle for a photo of HMS Warrior as I passed by.

Spinnaker Tower






The Spinnaker Tower is Portsmouth's New Feature Skyline.









  

The area called Old Portsmouth is just around the corner from the dockyards with this beautiful Cathedral.

Portsmouth Cathedral
The run along the Southsea Seafront is dominated by the large War Memorial but unfortunately it is shrouded in scaffold.

The Giant War Memorial hidden in Scaffold

Just past the memorial is the D Day Exhibition identified by the vehicles on the kerb.



  On Past the Pier to Eastney where the Royal Marines used to be based. Their barracks houses another Museum dedicated to the Marines .

Royal Marine Museum
The Eastern Road runs along the edge of Langstone Harbour which divides Portsea Island from Hayling Island.

Crossing onto Hayling Island

Hayling Fun Fair
I was now way behind schedule so needed to go onto Hayling Island on a ' straight in and out ' basis. 

The beaches there are sandy but that is all. The roads are a log jam on a hot day with only one entry point across a long bridge.

The Witterings and Selsey Bill were my next destination. 

For some strange reason I did not take any photos while travelling through Emsworth and Bosham. 

While heading into the Witterings I was to make a stop at a Garden Centre I had visited before where I could get lunch.

  
In the gardens there are free roaming chickens and I spotted these two looking through the window.

I stopped off for a light lunch and saw these two.

Chickens looking through the window.

East Wittering has Pebble Beaches but West Wittering has the exclusive homes and the Silver Sand Beach. 

Into East Wittering

Into the village of Selsey, once the home of astronomer Patrick Moore. 

Selsey Beach - More Pebbles

An old Windmill in Pagham.
Bognor Regis was next. The east end of Bognor is dominated by a large Butlins Holiday Camp.

Bognor Regis Sea Front

On the way to Littlehampton I spotted these Thatchers at work 


Passing Portslade Harbour

Traffic on Brighton Seafront was moving along fine. 

There was no time or place to stop so I continued along the coast toward Eastbourne

Brighton Seafront
Torture near the Pier
At Rodean School the traffic built up to a stationery queue. This crawled all the way to Eastbourne.

Roedean School overlooking the Sea Front

Over the Downs, Beachy Head comes into view and later Eastbourne.

Beachy Head in View
The View from the top of the Seven Sisters Downs



Eastbourne SeaFront

Winchelsea Town Gate
On through Hastings and Bexhill on Sea,  heading for Winchelsea and Rye. 

It is getting late now and I have to keep to the coast. 

I missed the turning to Winchelsea beach road but found it again as I drove through the village.

Along the Riverside at Rye.

Back eastwards again I eventually arrived at Rye as the evening is starting to close in.

Towards Dungeness and the Nuclear Power Station
No time to stop as I find the road into Lydd via Camber, as I head for mystical Dungeness.

 Dungeness, with its mass of shingle, Lighthouses, Small Wooden Homes and a Nuclear Power Station,  alongside the Narrow Gauge turning point of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

The Lighthouse & Power Station
The Narrow Gauge rails
The Miniature Trains
I took my photos as it was just getting dark and I still had a fair way to drive along to Hythe, Dymchurch, Folkstone and Dover   
Boats on the Beach
The Iconic Wooden Houses
I was due to meet another Morgan owner at the Battle of Britain Memorial but it was in darkness and closed for the night.

The Sea Wall at Folkestone
The Battle of Britain Memorial Roadside Sign at Night
Frustrated, I headed on down the hill to my hotel for a meal and a good nights sleep. I will try again in the Morning.