PART 3: Scanning for Detail: Seaside Resorts in England
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Bournemouth is well-known as a healthy and attractive and modern resort, surrounded by gardens and pine forests, which is popular all year round. It stands on two small hills in the sheltered valley of the Bourne river, the banks of which are laid out as public gardens. There are excellent and extensive sandy beaches for bathing, and a long line of picturesque cliffs. Among interesting things to see, there is the town art gallery and museum, and the East Cliff rock garden attracts geologists for it contains a large collection of British geological specimens. The town has literary connections, with Thomas Hardy and R. L. Stevenson, and Mary, the second wife of the poet, Shelley, is buried in St Peter's churchyard. Pleasant walks may be taken along the coast in both directions.
Brighton is a popular place, with a pebble beach and some sand at low tide. It lies on the slope of a hill, in the middle of a broad and shallow bay. The chief attractions of the place are its clear and bracing air, the fine expanse of sea bordered by white chalk-cliffs, and the crowds of visitors. There are a large number of old and interesting buildings in the town, in particular the Royal Pavilion, built in an Oriental style by the famous architect, John Nash, for the Prince Regent. There is an interesting aquarium near the Palace Pier. On the landward side of the town, the South Downs provide many interesting walks and viewpoints. In the summer, there is horseracing at the town race course, immortalized in Graham Greene's novel, Brighton Rock. Brighton is well-known for its numerous public houses.
This is a well-known resort and spa on Tor Bay, Devon, with excellent bathing from a sand and pebble beach. It has a reputation for being a warm and well-sheltered place, and there is sub-tropical vegetation, palm-trees and the like, growing in the public gardens. On account of the mild climate, it is a popular place for people with delicate chests and pulmonary problems. The place dates back to pre-historical times, and there are numerous archaeological remains. Visitors enjoy picturesque cliff walks, but the town is best seen from a boat in the bay. In fact, Torquay is an important yachting station and an annual regatta is held there in August or September.
Situated on the Yorkshire coast, Scarborough is build around two bays, separated by a headland on which are the ruins of a twelfth-century castle. The castle makes a fine viewpoint, especially at sunrise. The new town to the north is rather formal, and some find it dull; the narrow streets of the old town to the south become very crowded. The North Bay has gardens and a promenade, protected by a sea-wall. Anne Bronte is buried in Scarborough churchyard. It is a good place for the active and vigorous, for the town makes a good centre for the North York Moor national park, and there is opportunity for sea fishing.
The name of the town is remembered because of the Battle of Hastings, 1066, in which the French defeated the English and took over the country. Near Hastings is Battle Abbey, one of the most interesting historical monuments in Britain, founded by William the Conqueror after his victory over the English, led by Harold. The Abbey stands on the exact spot where the English king fell. There are many old buildings, including the remains of a Norman castle, open to the public. The sea front is striking, being about three miles long, and having a fine esplanade. The beach is pebble with sand at low tide. The town is active only in summer, and along the sea-front are row upon row of bed and breakfast hotels. There are cliffs to the east, providing walks to the well-known beauty spots of Fairlight and Ecclesbourne Glens.