Rockpooling at Rottingdean Beach,
Just off Marine Drive,
Café and shops just off the beachfront where you can get ice-creams and purchase cheap buckets, spades and nets for rockpooling.
Get the 12 from the city centre get off at the windmill in Rottingdean. Or parking at the Tesco Express car park just off Marine Drive in the centre of the village.
Rottingdean Beach was a notorious landing place for smuggled goods. There was a wooden pier, demolished in 1914, the remains of which can still be seen. The Reverend Thomas Hooker, owner of a particularly fast grey mare, was reputed to have been involved in the "free trade". It is said that a stranger rode into the village one night when a big landing was being dealt with on the beach. The man was appalled by the lawlessness in front of him and he asked a villager whether there was no magistrate or justice of the peace to maintain order here.
"Then where is the vicar who might serve to uphold the law?"
"He's over there, holding the lantern."