52c – Brighton Part IV

We left the Brighton Wheel and headed off up the pier for the rides.  Brighton Pier started off life as the Palace Pier, built in 1823 to service passenger ships arriving from Dieppe.  Over the years it grew and grew into the attraction it is today.  I was quite astonished to find that over its long history it has not once been destroyed by fire, flood, or fractious young fellows with far-fetched foibles (ie kids with matches).  Compared to many of its brethren, Brighton Pier has fared well over the years.

Brighton Pier

As we walked up there were good views back to the east.

View Back East from Brighton PierWhat we were really looking for, however, were the rides.  My wife and aunt decided they were far too mature for such juvenile delights and left the kids and I to our childishness.  It was quite fun, really…

Wild River with insert…although some of us got a little wet…

Wild RiverThe scariest thing was not the upside down part of the “Turbo Coaster”.

Turbo CoasterNope.  The scariest thing was the point at which I honestly thought the woman sat behind us would vomit down my neck.

Turbo Coaster cropped

Mind you, I was not (to my son’s anticipated delight) without sin myself.

Galaxia croppedMy daughter was extremely pleased to find herself big enough to drive her own dodgem.  Look!  There she goes!  Just like her mother – weaving in and out, driving against the traffic, and sticking her tongue out when she hits someone…

Dodgems croppedWe could have stayed at the pier for a lot longer than we did, but eventually we managed to spend the last of our ride tokens.  It was time to end this frivolity and get back to some serious walking.

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

  • Brighton Pier:  N 50° 48.900 W 000° 08.225

Walk #52 Statistics (of which this post forms the third part):

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12 Responses to 52c – Brighton Part IV

  1. Jody says:

    What a great time that must have been! My daughter and I toured Brighton Pier many years ago on a cold & rainy January day. It was still lots of fun. Our treat: a hot tea served (yikes) in a Styrofoam cup.

  2. Jody says:

    Reblogged this on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches and commented:
    This is one of may favorite blogs: The Coastal Path, One family’s walk around the coast of Britain. This week they’re touring Brighton’s Pier and fabulous shingle beach (a beach which is formed of pebbles). By the way, don’t even think about collecting those beach pebbles! Brighton’s Seafront Officer once told me: “We do not allow stone collections from the beach unfortunately. This is because we need to maintain the level of shingle on the beach to assist with coastal defence, so for this reason it is not permitted.” Oh well, there are plenty of other beaches to comb!

  3. kiwiskan says:

    fantastic action shots – reminds me of when we visited Blackpool many years ago…

  4. Educationsupportuk says:

    brilliant pics. Havnt been to Brighton since we moved away from London a few years ago so a good memory jogger.

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  6. Jill says:

    Your wife did a great job with the pictures! 🙂

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