Sometimes the summer in England really delivers.
The forecast was looking really good, so my sister and made a plan to go to the beach early and make the most of it. After all, in England, you never know how long the sunshine will actually last for.
Once again – off we went complete with a packed lunch, to the old favourite, Camber Sands.
We have been going to Camber for many years – previous posts have very similar pictures and stories, but I don’t care! It’s lovely down there, especially if you get there before everyone else does! It was a Friday, and despite being school holidays, we figured a lot of people wouldn’t be able to get there until after lunch because of work. And we were right – it was almost totally deserted when we first got there at around 8:30am.
The day was lovely and warm already and the kids lost no time stripping off and digging holes!
The day was very clear and coupled with the lack of people that early in the day meant uninterrupted views across the East Sussex coastline to the cliffs at Fairlight
Always good to see my niece and nephew 🙂
My son is still such a scrawny kid!
So lovely to have the place to ourselves. If you ever decide to go to the beach on a nice day in the UK – get there early – like 8am early. And bring your own food!
Time to make sand mermaids!
The kids really wanted to go swimming, but the tide was going out, and as the beach is so shallow, you have to walk a fair way from the top of the beach just to get to the water and then wade out a really long way to get even to knee depth!
The beach started to fill up with people and we decided that we were sick of rowdy sweary smoking Londoners and noisy music playing Russians (I don’t know why it is so hard to go to the beach without a 400 watt stereo system and 1000 cigarettes…?), so in the middle of the afternoon, just as the the next wave of people started arriving, we packed up and headed back home.
On the way home, there were queues to get into the Camber car parks stretching back maybe 5 miles or even more – just crazy – I’d imagine some of those people would have had to wait for a couple of hours just to get to the places where they could park. At that point, I’d have gone somewhere else, anywhere else, but Brits and holidaymakers from Europe are funny people!
That’s the problem with the ever growing population in the UK – it’s the lack of space and facilities to accommodate everyone, especially when the sun shines. The country hasn’t really changed for hundreds of years and there just isn’t the space on the roads and car parks and towns for everyone if they decide to go out on a nice day.
Hey ho. So go out early, make the most of the day, leave the queueing for other people.