We have had an amazing family week down in West Sussex. The weather has lived up to that expected in UK for the summer holidays with unpredictable variability including bouts of rain, cloud and strong winds and some glorious sunshine too. We have had a brilliant week of variability too including a very welcome digital detox (the Pokémon Go is still going strong though and my youngest declared that he had walked a total of 44 km since downloading it!)
Prior to our arrival, I had been ultra organised and had booked a Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) and a Windsurfing lesson to get the week off to an active start. We also had an unexpected cycling adventure.
We had several reasons for choosing a West Sussex coast holiday including being close enough for our eldest to join us for a weekend (as he has just started an intern job and couldn't have a week off) and trying to keep the holiday costs down as we had been to Canada and India within the last 12 months for family weddings.
Our British seaside holiday and the activities available did not disappoint. We had an absolutely fabulous week with our teenagers who also deemed it a great success. It is hard to beat the sense of freedom freewheeling along quiet coastal paths with the cool breeze of the wind on your face and the warmth of the sun on your back!
Cycles at the ready
Kitted up for a SUP lesson
A family freewheeling cycle adventure in West Sussex
It was more of an adventure than we expected. We were plagued with a flat tyre that was hard to repair but eventually got lucky after a long walk to an electric bike shop where a kind man repaired it for us with more heavy duty kit. We were very thankful that it held out for the return journey. It was lovely to see the kids enjoying the countryside, freewheeling along the cycle tracks, being active in the fresh air and enjoying quality the time together. They were very tired and hungry when we arrived back at the holiday rental- a good sign of a successful day out.
Flat Tyre Stop & then off again!
East and West Wittering Coastal Highlights
It was a lovely day trip along country lanes with an abundance of wildlife. We headed off from East Wittering to join the Salterns Way cycle trail until Itchenor where we caught a small ferry to Bosahm Foreshore and then carried on to the beautiful village of Bosham, along a road that gets covered by the sea at high tide. On route we had a well deserved picnic stop making the bags much lighter for the journey home. We also couldn't resist the ice-cream and fudge shop in Bosham. A quick tour of Bosham's old church was a treat. It is an old site of an Anglo-Saxon church which was featured on the famous Bayeux tapestry.
Unfortunately our car broke down on the M25 on the way down to East Wittering. However, thanks to the mechanic sent out by the AA and handy cable ties holding bits of the engine together we did make it just in time to pick up the key of our holiday home. We had to book the car into a garage for the week to be fixed so we could make it back home in one piece. The solution to getting 6 people out and about during the week was to hire bikes from a friendly chap from Hayling Island. He dropped the bikes at the door with helmets, locks, day sacks, pumps and puncture repair kit- all of which turned out to be very useful.
Not only did we freewheel along the fab cycle paths between East Wittering and West Wittering's beautiful sandy beach for the Windsurfing lesson we also had a cycle adventure day.
Getting out on the water