What did Lady Bracknell Have Against Worthing?

This story happened on: 12/09/2021

It’s not often we spend as long as a week anywhere but strangely this is the second time this year. Obviously, a sign of getting old. The Club site, Northbrook Farm, is a no facility site which we don’t mind and has the bonus that it is a lot cheaper. After the VAT reduction it cost £14.50 a night which helped to reduce the average nightly site fees this year!

If you want to leave your car/motorhome on site and explore on foot or by public transport this is a good site for that and that  is what we did. The weather wasn’t too bad either and the one day of rain forced us to be lazy!

A nice visit direct from the site we did is to walk up to Highdown Gardens. We were a bit confused by the instructions in the site information room which caused us to walk too far before crossing the road in order to cut across to the footpath up the hill. All good exercise I suppose. Don’t be put off by the fact that for a short section, a you seem to be crossing a recycling plant! The path you need is to the right of the “No Entry” signs. This is where the climb starts but at the top you are rewarded with some lovely views over the surrounding countryside. The Gardens are free to enter and there is a visitor centre and toilets. These Gardens were created by Sir Frederick and Lady Sybil Stern. They were both dedicated plant collectors and supported several expeditions by plant hunters to quite dangerous parts of the world. Next to the Gardens is a restaurant and tearooms.

We did venture into Worthing on the bus which you can catch from a stop about five minutes from the site. The service is very regular. The bus drops you off right in the centre of the town with the Pier only stone’s throw away. Unfortunately, the day we went it was dull despite the forecast saying it would be sunny! The town has a quite a good shopping centre and the only M&S I know with a café over looking the sea! I like a Pier and the one at Worthing had interesting art work running down the middle formed by glass panels  depicting various local scenes and promoting local organisations.

No need to worry about shopping as there is a large Tesco Extra about three-quarter miles walk from the site. I now wished we had taken Margaret’s granny trolley with us on the trip to ease the load on the way back to the site!!!

We had travelled to the site via the M1/M25/A24. Although we weren’t held up, the opposite carriageway of the M25 was at a standstill, on a Sunday!!! We also didn’t find the A24 a particularly good road. To cap it all, whilst we were on site, protestors had caused chaos on the M25. As a result, we decided to return home the long way round via the A27/M27/M3/A34. A much longer journey but no hold-ups!

More pictures here http://www.davidklyne.co.uk/worthing_2021.html

Google map showing location of Worthing, UK

Extugger commented on 01/10/2021 19:08

Commented on 01/10/2021 19:08

Thanks for another interesting story David

brue commented on 03/10/2021 08:46

Commented on 03/10/2021 08:46

Thanks David,  I enjoyed reading the story, we've holidayed in the area but have never visited Highdown. I started to read up about it after your story and spent an hour listening to recordings of staff who knew or worked on the estate. Hope to see it one day but the web site was a good alternative!