44e – Entering Hastings

We arrived at Hastings via East Hill.  There is an Iron Age fort here; its embankments can still be seen.  We wandered down the slope towards the town.

East Hill, Looking Towards HastingsEast Hill narrows towards its western end, the lie of the land gently herding all visitors towards the steps (or for the less energetic, the lift) of East Cliff, leading down to Hastings Old Town.  To the north side of the hill were views over the rooftops.

Hastings Old TownTo the south side were views over the working beach.

The Working Beach of Hastings

We walked down the steps and were immediately presented by a series of high, black huts.  These are the famous Net Shops.  It is widely believed that these huts were originally designed as tall and narrow so that fishing nets could be hung out to dry from the top level.  In fact, the nets were dried on the beaches.  The huts were used to store the nets and were built this way purely due to lack of space.  They are in a tight cluster on a small plot of land.  The solution?  Fishing industry skyscrapers – multi-storey net parks!

Hastings Net Shops

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • East Hill Iron Age Settlement:  N 50° 51.570 E 000° 36.120
  • Steps down to Hastings:  N 50° 51.390 E 000° 35.678
  • East Cliff Lift:  N 50° 51.400 E 000° 35.720
  • Net Shops:  N 50° 51.362 E 000° 35.638

Walk #44 Statistics (of which this post forms the final part):

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1 Response to 44e – Entering Hastings

  1. Jody says:

    What an interesting and colorful stretch! I’ve never heard of Net Shops. They have such an interesting look!

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