The main star of this part of Hove’s beach is the long wide promenade that runs between the beach and the Hove Lawns.Which is the wide grassy football size pitches park areas,all along the front.Running from the Meeting Place Cafe,all the way until just past the former grandeur of the King Alfred leisure centre.Which unfortunately isn’t going to have its modern replacement(due to the signs of the times apparently).
It’s a wonderful place to stroll on,with all the family out.Or indeed as you will pass or be passed by.Runners,Rollerbladers,Skateboarders,but not cyclist as they are not allowed.Though there’s a cycle lane running along the top of the lawns.Which continues on into Brighton,and the other way down onto the beach’s prom after the lawns then back up after the King Alfred.All the way along the coast to Worthing.
At one end of this motorway wide prom is the Meeting place cafe.Which is next to the Peace statue.And both are natural great meeting places and to take a coffee or a bite to eat
The Hove lawns themselves are frequented by picnickers,joggers,dog walkers,and both impromptu and planned football matches.Early mornings sees many a straining jogger and the British Military putting an increasingly large number of masochists through their paces,before the routine of work takes over.
At the Peace statue end is the jaded Art deco ‘Embassy court@next to all the Regency era architecture,running along Hove’s seafront.Concentrating its splendour at Brunswick square and terrace,leading onto Palmeira square and Adelaide crescent.A great example of an earlier age is the Bandstand,just past the Peace statue.Of which at present is being lovingly restored,with a golden look to its top spired terraced topping.Unfortunately the West pier is now long past its glory,though amazingly still remains iconic,complete with a community of surfers.With its younger,still intact sister,the Palace,sorry Brighton pier glowing in the background.In the hazy distance to your right there’s the Portslade Power Station,which looks like a big middle finger.
It’s less busy than Brighton’s beach.Though getting busier.BBQs are allowed all along the front except in front of the Beach apartments next to King Alfred.The same as for Brighton,there’s a big difference between the in and out tides,about the height of a house.When its in,it drops off very quickly.Whereas when its out,especially at very low tide.exposing surprise,surprise glorious golden sand,becoming more shallow family friendly.
Hove beach’s hove lawns,is the place to be for taking a stroll along the prom,having BBQs and picnics.Along with a great place to meet and a popular open exercising and sporting venue.