This short walk reflects on the building of Hastings ‘New Town’ as Hastings began to develop as a seaside resort in the late 18th century. Once the America Ground was cleared, the developments began that would culminate in the creation of the pier and finally the promenade. Today, the fire wracked pier of 2010 has been reborn as a rejuvenated, modernist pier for the 21st century, shorn of tat, enabling uninhibited views of the whole of the sea front, if you walk to the very end.
It can be an invigorating walk, in a stiff south westerly with the waves crashing over the promenade, but in a lighter breeze and on a sunny day it is a leisurely stroll through the joggers, walkers and mums with pushchairs. There may even be time for an ice cream.
The start and finish is at the General Havelock where the outside tables and chairs tempt you for a drink, however weak the sunshine, but really, you must go inside the Havelock to stand in awe at some of the largest tiled murals in any pub in England. I will leave my look inside until the end of the walk.
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