If you didn’t catch South Coast Road Trip: Part 1, it might be an idea to head on over and read that first. Just so that everything is in a nice, tidy order. I’ll pop a little link to it here. If, on the other hand, you want to throw caution to the wind and read the second part first (you little maverick), please continue.
Let’s pick up where we left of. It’s Sunday…
Sunday: Drive from Devon to Dorset
As is fairly typical in this country, after a glorious day in the sun on Saturday, we woke up to heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday. I also woke up to a broken body after paddle boarding the previous day. If you’ve not done it before, let me tell you – it is a full body workout, and a half. Mostly it was my quads that were suffering, so things like sitting, standing, walking, being were something of a challenge. Luke was absolutely fine, of course.
Anyway, the original plan at this point was to visit Salcombe, however as the weather was so dismal, we decided to pack up and hit the road. Which is a massive pity, because it means we’ll have to go back another time. WHAT A SHAME.
After driving for some time, we reached Sidmouth. We were pretty hungry and in need of a break, so we grabbed our waterproofs, and set off in search of a pub lunch.
After this we landed in Lyme Regis, which we stopped in at following a recommendation from a friend. It’s SO LOVELY. And that’s on a damp and dreary day, I’m sure it’s even better when the sun is shining. We wandered (waddled, in my case) aimlessly, popped in and out of the shops on the highstreet, and then went and holed up in a cafe with some steaming hot drinks where we could watch the sea. Oh, we also watched a sweet little sausage dog who was very much enjoying being the centre of attention.
The next stop was our campsite, which was situated about 15 minutes north of Lulworth. We set up, and then went to Weymouth for some food (I insisted – sometimes cooking on a camping stove in bad weather is just not what life’s about). The weather brightened up when we got to Weymouth, which seemed very much like your typical seaside resort. It was a bank holiday, so there were perhaps more alcohol-induced frolics than you’d usually see. Or maybe Weymouth’s like that all the time. Who knows? Anyway, it had long sandy beaches, and shops and restaurants a plenty. It would have been nice to spend a bit more time there and really see what Weymouth has to offer.
Monday: Explore Lulworth Cove and drive to Hayling Island
Our campsite in Dorset was only a short drive from the famous Jurassic Coast, so we got up early and set off to Lulworth Cove, passing through some quaint villages along the way. I’m informed by a reliable source (the official Lulworth website), that Lulworth Cove was formed by the sea breaking down the stone at the end of the last ice age. So that’s pretty cool. It’s a very picturesque part of the world. Luke and I walked along the pebbled beach admiring the views and keeping an eye out for fossils. I felt a bit like Ross Geller.
Next on the agenda was the drive to Hayling Island. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an island in Hampshire, east of Portsmouth, and it’s connected to the mainland by a bridge. It took a couple of hours to get there as we stopped off at a supermarket for a snacky lunch. FYI – beetroot falafel by Gosh is vegan and delicious dipped in houmous. I recommend.
The sun was shining by the time we reached Hayling Island, which made for a very nice welcome. The campsite we stayed at was one of my favourites, so definitely consider The Oven Campsite, if you’re in the area. The shore line is five miles long, and the beaches are absolutely beautiful. It’s a great base for water sports, and windsurfing was actually invented there!
We made our way to the beach, where we sat and watched the sunset. Then we found a chippy, grabbed some chips and returned to the campsite for the night.
Tuesday: Drive to Brighton and Worthing
This was the shortest leg of our 830-mile trip, and it took just over an hour for us to drive to Brighton. We parked up (we recommend the Regency Square Car Park, by the way. It may seem expensive, but it’s one of the most reasonable in Brighton), and began exploring the seaside city. Compared to everywhere else we’d visited, Brighton was big, busy and bustling, so it was a bit of an attack on the senses. But if you like cities, I’m sure this won’t be a problem. It’s a city with lots of character, and a great provision for vegans. We ate SO well that day. We stopped at Wai Kika Moo Kau for lunch, where the staff were friendly and the food was AMAZING. Then we wandered a bit more, found Glazed (a vegan doughnut shop), and then made our way to the sea front.
After we’d soaked up all that Brighton had to offer, we set off for a night of luxury in an Airbnb in Worthing, about half an hour from Brighton. I would have liked to have seen Worthing while we were there, but by this point in the trip we were a bit zombified and in need of some relaxation in a space with modern amenities like a kettle, a shower, and a bed we didn’t need to inflate.
So, we checked into our Airbnb, got showered, slipped into our pyjamas, had a nap, and then ordered vegan pizzas on spelt bases from Pizza Face. Hands down, best pizzas we’ve ever had. We split the Thom York and The Moby, and they were utterly delicious. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have a Pizza Face in Birmingham, as I’d order it so often I’d end up with no money to pay rent.
And that concludes our South Coast Road Trip!
What a week it was. We crammed so much in that by the end of it I think we both in shock. But it was absolutely brilliant, and it was great to see so much of the south coast. My favourite parts were:
- Fowey, Cornwall
- Hope Cove, Devon
- Lulworth Cove, Dorset
What a great trip.