Hayling Island is reached by a (very) short bridge from the mainland and it is essentially a promontory of land between Portsmouth and Chichester with a long pebbly beach that faces the Solent at it's southern end. The Island itself was much larger than I had envisaged but once we had found the seafront we parked in the car park for 'Funland' as this was only £3 for the whole day including 4 tokens for the rides. We hadn't intended on doing the ride thing but it was cheaper than the other car park so why not?
We resisted the rides to start with however and went for a walk along the beach. Just before you get on to the beach is the station for the Hayling Seaside Railway which did look rather fun.
Little Miss surveying the sea from the top of the pebbly bank on the beach (above) and searching for pretty shells and pebbles (below). Although the beach was mainly pebbly there were some sandy bits nearer the shoreline but it really wasn't a day for paddling and sandcastles, more of a blow the cobwebs away on a walk by the sea kind of day.
Looking back towards Portsmouth there were dozens of kite surfers enjoying the big breeze and the sunshine (although as you can tell it was already looking a bit hazy!)
There were lots of colourful beach huts along the way and whilst not the fanciest they suited the beach very well.
I tried to take a couple of arty shots - althought this was difficult when trying to keep up with Little Miss and Rollercoaster Dad. I liked the contrast of the green sea kale growing on the beach and the shape of this structure on the beach.
After walking about half a mile on the beach we moved slightly inland on the grassy area just behind the beach to walk the remaining half mile, finding this curious monolithic stone on a hill on the way. It just begged to be ran round.
After our walk along the beach we were more than ready for some traditional fish and chips. We got two portions from the Coastguard Cafe on the Seafront and just shared it between the three of us. Helpfully they even provided some tables and chairs outside for their take away customers. It was very good and for about £12 between the three of us it wasn't expensive. Feeling the need for some exercise after lunch we crossed the road where Little Miss eschewed the kids playground in favour of this outdoor gym which had been set up with lottery funding. She even enjoyed doing these sit ups.
Black clouds were rolling in from the west however and we decided that taking the friendly little train of the Hayling Seaside Railway back to Funland seemed like a good option. Little Miss was torn reluctantly away from the gym to ride the mile back to Funland for the bargain price of £5.50 for all three of us. I think she actually quite liked it when she was on it. It was quite fun riding on a train so close to the beach.
Looking back east the weather looked perfect for those kite surfers but it was just about to hoose it down.
When it started to rain, boy did it rain! Luckily we were back at Funland which very handily has some rides under cover. I collected the tokens and Little Miss very nearly chose the bumper cars but in the end she plumped for two ride on the Helter Skelter and a ride on these 'hot air balloons'. Not bad considering we had that included in the parking. Once the tokens were spent and the brief but very heavy rain shower had passed Little Miss and I had ice-creams before we waved goodbye to the sea and headed home. Well you can't go to the beach without an ice-cream can you?
I have so many days out and places to go posts that could be written that I am constantly on catch up. This one was from just a couple of weeks ago, when Bigger Miss was away on her Butlins Brownie trip however I may be delving further back into the photo archives in the next few weeks for some days out posts, before the summer holidays arrive, so keep an eye out for those!
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