50b – Seaford to Tide Mills

The sun shone down on the sea at Seaford, turning it an amazing shade of green.  We were used to seeing a cold grey sea, or tidal flats tainted brown by mud.  This was almost Mediterranean by comparison.

Sea at SeafordOn the way out of Seaford, just before you reach the River Ouse, there is a lost village called Tide Mills.  Tide Mills sprung up in the 18th Century, developed to house the workers at the mill which was also on site.  At its peak the mill ground 3,500 pounds of flour every week.  In around 1900 the mill ceased production, and by the mid 1930’s the village was declared unfit for habitation.  The last residents were forcibly evicted in 1939, although during the Second World War the village was used to house Canadian soldiers stationed here.

Tide MillsToday Tide Mills is rather different,and only hints at what was once here.  Square boxes of concrete show the outline of buildings.  Information boards have been put up around the area to explain what buildings they once were.  In lesser weather it would be an eerie place.

Tide MillsAside from the concrete bases, there are some cobbled walls – such ornate ruins!

Tide MillsWe could have walked inland a bit, further in to the lost village.  That would have been interesting.  But that would be to leave our Coastal Path.  We come across all sorts of diversions and learnt quickly that if we wandered off-course to visit them all then we would never finish our walk.  We left the ruins of Tide Mills and walked on towards the harbour arms of Newhaven.

Newhaven Harbour Arms

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

  • Lost Village of Tide Mills:  N 50° 46.940 E 000° 04.200
  • Newhaven Harbour Arms:  N 50° 46.800 E 000° 03.400

Walk #50 Statistics (of which this post forms the second part):

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3 Responses to 50b – Seaford to Tide Mills

  1. Jody says:

    Very interesting! It must be rather hard to stick to the walking plans at times!

  2. John says:

    I have to agree, sticking to the path leaves me a feeling of what i may have missed, never the less we sure see a lot, what next its a fun mystery tour.
    Enjoy seeing your photo’s of places i passed. we are in agreement on the beachy head versus 7 sisters.
    Cheers J.P.

    • Wingclipped says:

      John – thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right about the mystery tour. A lot of the fun is finding things you never knew existed, or just witnessing random events and meeting random people. This weekend we were in Shoreham and a footbridge we wanted to take was closed. We had to add another mile or so walking round to the next bridge, but as we walked back along the opposite bank we came across a houseboat made out of recycled materials. These included an entire bus, wheels and all, fitted perfectly into the hull of the vessel. It had a massive art-deco picture window that made it look like the Nautilus. Do a Google search on “Shoreham houseboats Verda” and you’ll see for yourself. It looked absolutely incredible. So we miss a bit of Tide Mills, but we see something else we weren’t expecting. It’s all the fun of the mystery tour, as you say. Nic

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