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« on: September 20, 2019, 09:23:46 pm »

Whoopee, I'm off for a few days to the Sussex coast on Sunday. Now, if I'm good, Boss Lady might be amenable to visit a heritage railway. If that is the case, apart from the obvious candidate of the Romney, Hythe and Dimchurch, can anyone recommend any other railway to visit within a short drive of Winchelsea where we will be based?
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 10:57:24 pm »

Kent & East Sussex Railway is well worth a visit. Tenterden is about a 30 minute drive from Winchelsea. Or start from the other end at Bodium and combine the railway with a visit to Bodium Castle. I can recommend the Castle Inn at Bodium too.

from my visit to the Kent & East Sussex and Bodium two years ago. Cheers!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 12:14:24 am »

In the Bristol vernacular, cheers me babba, gert ace!
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2019, 09:50:33 am »

Kent & East Sussex Railway is well worth a visit. Tenterden is about a 30 minute drive from Winchelsea. Or start from the other end at Bodium and combine the railway with a visit to Bodium Castle. I can recommend the Castle Inn at Bodium too.


Er, donning my pedant's hat... Bodiam.

I think Bodium is a sort of cafetiere  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2019, 12:47:38 pm »

Ah yes, Bodum sell coffee makers. I definitely would rather visit a castle than a cafetiere!
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2019, 03:01:59 pm »

If a heritage railway or the RHDRly prove impractical the Marshlink line is a super journey, and the views give a great insight into the Marshes. Winchelsea - Hastings - Ashford and back to Winchelsea  is a great way to spend a couple of hours. OK, it's not steam, but there you go . . .
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2019, 05:33:02 pm »

Stopping off at Rye for lunch and a walk around the harbour, now many miles inland.

There is also a walk along the Rye and Camber tramway to Camber Sands with the 100 bus returning you to Rye station
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2019, 07:36:22 pm »

East Kent at Shepherdswell for something a little different.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2019, 11:13:41 pm »

In the Bristol vernacular, cheers me babba, gert ace!

Shouldn't that be gert lush, or am I now a generation out?
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2019, 11:46:29 pm »

In the Bristol vernacular, cheers me babba, gert ace!

Shouldn't that be gert lush, or am I now a generation out?

Both are used, in fact when I first arrived in Bristol in late 1969 it was definitely "ace" I heard more.....like!
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 12:10:44 am »

Er, donning my pedant's hat... Bodiam.

I think Bodium is a sort of cafetiere  Grin

Apologies for the smelling pistake. Embarrassed

However, as johnnyw pointed out, the kitchenware company is Bodum, and they make French Presses, not cafetières. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2019, 09:22:23 am »

Not much parking at Bodiam I seem to recall.  Better to park further up the line and arrive there by train; more interesting as well.
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2019, 09:33:00 am »

Bodiam castle is straight out of a child's picture book.  4 round towers, one in each corner,proper gatehouse,portcullis (with murder 'oles for boiling oil) curtain wall and a moat. One word of warning...the drawbridges are very narrow , and if it is very windy, you could get an unexpected ducking, especially if the wind is 90 degrees to your direction of travel. Nothing to hold on to if you overbalance ...except your fellow traveller !
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2019, 03:11:42 pm »

Two shots from Bodiam. The castle car park can be seen just behind the loco, 5 mins amble from the station.



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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2019, 12:37:12 am »

Thanks for all the information. Just got back and although the the weather nationwide was not exactly akin to Ibiza in summer, we managed to dodge quite a few bullets as far as the rain was concerned.
Bodiam Castle proved too tempting to miss and didn't disappoint. As mentioned on this thread, parking for Bodiam Station was non existent but we were parked at the Castle and it was a five minute stroll from there. Time constraints meant there was no time to ride on the Kent and East Sussex Railway but we were there in time to see a service arrive and leave.
Compensation came in the form of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway the following day, starting and finishing from the rather surreal landscape that surrounds Dungeness Railway Station.
Came across the grave of Spike Milligan in Winchelsea, quite by accident and found out his famous "I told you I was ill" epitaph is actually written in Irish (something to do with overcoming objections from somebody or other).
Rye is a delight and so we are now watching a DVD of the 1986 Channel 4 adaptation of E F Benson's 'Mapp and Lucia'. "Tilling on Sea" looks the same now is it did then!
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