A grey day but mild so set out for more exploratory exercise, through the cemetery again – where I heard then saw a woodpecker.
Made a different route through Woodvale – up to the furthest SE corner where it is possible to climb the wall into the neighbouring privately owned burial business. On the way spotted a family grave of – well I’m not sure who – but related to the Dukes of Richmond. At home I discovered that Richmond Road, D’Aubigny Road and the planned Lennox Road (now the cat creep) are all linked to the Dukes of Richmond (of Goodwood House and much more).
In the second cemetery I saw a gravestone lying on its back, which had allowed moss to occupy the engraved letters rather nicely.
Came out onto Hartington Road and up Totland Road to Elm Grove where the big pub at the junction with Queens Park Road is being turned into student en-suite rooms.
On to the General Hospital. Wandered onto the hospital estate to get a closer view of the new apartment blocks being swiftly erected, and noted the use of clay tiling hung onto galvanised brackets as an exterior finish. Similar to stuff in the redevelopment near the station.
Exiting the hospital grounds at the back, through a gate open for a childrens clinic I think, I walked to the race course and south to the TV mast visible from much of Brighton.
There is a lot of open land on the west of this mast which is to be managed for wildlife. I sat on a bench and gazed over Brighton. Immediately below me Sutherland Road and, to the left, the chalk wall of the Freshfield industrial estate (once Freshfield Halt railway station). On the right are Evelyn and Dawson Terraces running away from me. In the middle ground the trees and top of Queens Park clock tower peek above Freshfield Road. Beyond that the line of Queens Park Road follows the ridge. Hidden beyond it is all of Hanover and the central valley of Brighton. The distant horizon has the cranes helping Barretts change the Childrens’ Hospital into flats.
I set off west down the grassy slope, uncertain if there was an exit at the bottom. Found a right of way indicator post and a set of wooden-riser steps leading down.
Heading towards the sea I made a detour to see if the Stag pub still operates. Sadly it has closed and is available for redevelopment.
Went on to the beach and trudged along the shingle to the Palace Pier before cutting up to North Street and a pint of Turners Golden Ale for just £1.49 (with beer token) at Wetherspoons. Went to the Evening Star for a second beer – the Hophead hopped with Galaxy hops, just a little too hoppy for me. Matt told me he won’t stock Turner’s beers until they get their brewery open. It’s planned for Ringmer, but being delayed so Oakleaf Brewery in Gosport are still brewing for them. But at £1.49 a pint I’m not so fussy.