Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Way To Go, Five Arch Bridge and Tea Rooms

Way To Go :- This is a view that I know very well but few get to see. The rough path is a bridleway that cuts up over and through East Brighton Golf Course and connects Whitehawk with the ancient village of Ovingdean. If you walk from the village into brighton along the coast road route the journey can take you anything from 70 to 90 minutes bedpending on speed and energy levels. If you take the bridleway route and cut over the hill then it shortens the time to 55 minutes. I the wetaher is favourable then this is my usual route of choice. As you can see the view from the top is spectacular as much of Brighton is hidden by the hill but the English Channel can still be seen glistening away when the sun is shining.

Five Arch Bridge :- The rebuilt Five Arch Bridge at Painshill Park in Cobham in Surrey is an exact replica of the original. The original bridge was created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton in the middle to late 1760s and was mainly constructed from wood which was then rendered to look like stone. Photographs and historic etchings of the bridge were used to make sure the new version was faithful to the original and footings of the old bridge were located to make sure that the replica stood in the corerect place and position. The building of the new bridge commenced in 2012 but instead of wood it was constructed out of white concrete with Portland stone copings.

Tea Rooms :- Right. Before anyone tells me my image is "out of whack" I'd like to point out that it's not ... it's the building that is! This is Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms which is located in a grad II* listed building on medieval Stonegate in the City of York. The frontage of the building was originally 15th Century but was refronted in the 18th Century and raised in the 19th Century. Obviously the building is so old (like most of the structures in York) that it's now somewhat wonky as you can see by the askew bay window. You can read more about Bettys in Stonegate here :

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