South of the Watford gap

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 29, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

I've never been a big lover of the south of England, its very flat and uninspiring, southerners can be a strange breed, and in general there seems a lot of hot air about nothing. So with a few days to spare before we sailed on the 12th we were a bit unsure what to do with ourselves.

The first night we found a free car-park near Longleat, we think it was a dogging car-park as there were a few cars on and off all night and lots of flashing headlights, but they didn't knock on for a audience so it was ok in the end!

The brilliant spring weather had been trying to temp us to Stay in England a little longer but the next day true to form the heavens opened and reminded us of our vision of long summer days drinking beer by the Mediterranean and Ozzy sea's, at least thats the plan.

So we drove past Stonehenge as its on of those places we had never got round to seeing after 35 years in your own country. We didn't stop the weather was truly dire and I must say I was a little underwhelmed, I suppose if you build something up in your mind for years you expect a lot more, I'm not denying the scale of what was done at the time you just kind of expect something more spectacular I guess.

That day we found brilliant spot overlooking Shoreham by Sea, the weather picked up and we were treated to some amazing views of the bay. The next day it was down to Brighton for Sharon's Birthday, the rain came back, the campsite owner in Brighton didn't like the look of us I think so we just went out for a birthday dinner and found another site to freshen up and have a chippy tea near Eastbourne.

We then set up camp overlooking the start of the channel tunnel, there is a hill with a great view overlooking the area, we spent well over 24hrs just sitting there watching the locals enjoy the countryside, eating, sleeping, watching a few films and generally waiting to get the trip started. At night you could just see the lights from France and sitting watching the cars come on and off the chunnel train it felt like the real start of our journey.

So the next day it was a short trip to Dover and not to return for a long time. In general we found the south coast a bit bland and the locals a bit abrasive. Your probably picking up a anti UK vibe, which its true, we just feel like there is nothing there for us now, I have a lot of friends and family and happy memories in the UK so it will always be my home, but van willing we will be seeing allot of Europe before we see those wight cliff of Dover again.
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