Recently I attended a walk with the Brighton Japan Club across the 3 Deans outside of Brighton. This was better know as Woodingdean, Ovingdean and Rottingdean. It was a great day for a walk it was sunny with temperatures floating near 20 degrees Celsius.
It was the second time I had done this walk and it was one of my favourites as the last time I did this walk I struck up some surprising strong friendships which I still hold dearly to this day.
If your looking for a wonderful day out with this club and firm friendships, you know where to come.
Firstly you may ask what is Brighton Japan Club?
For those that don’t know Brighton Japan Club is a club set up by Tom Orsman who is a language teacher from Shinmaguni Language School who specialises in teaching Japanese to beginners all the way to advance learners.
This club was created for people in the Sussex area whom have an interest in Japan (and it’s okay if you don’t speak Japanese) and would like to go on fun meetings and trips with others that share a similar interest and are looking to make friends.
The Adventure begins
It started of with all of us waiting at Bus Stop H, where we all gathered and waited for the bus. We had about 8 minutes before it arrived at 11.08am in the Morning.
It was a good opportunity to introduce ourselves to one another as there were a lot of new attendees and of course catch up with some old friends that I made over a year ago and a from Japanese yoga classes that I had done previously.
The bus trip was fun as the Japan Club got the entire top floor which was good and the bus ride from Churchill Square to the Woodingdean Downs Hotel allowed us to chat with one another and discuss our interests with one another and learn where Japanese attendees to the Club were from and what they were studying and learn more about life in Japan.
Once we arrived at the Woodingdean Downs Hotel it was a case of crossing a busy road where we then followed a flat track to Ovingdean. On the journey we stopped to try Blackberries. I don’t think they were ripe yet.
We also spotted some rare butterflies which were endangered in the UK.
Once we arrived in Ovingdean we spotted a lot of red cars on a small road that had to be shared with Pedestrians like us too. It was also a case of spot the Japanese car as the first one we saw was a Mazda.
Shortly we arrived at a Church called St. Wulfran’s Church and stood in awe of a old yew tree.
St Wulfran’s Church is a interesting place as it was dedicated to the 7th-century French archbishop Wulfran of Sens, is an Anglican church in Ovingdean, a rural village now within the English city of Brighton and Hove. Parts of the structure date from the early 12th century, and the church is listed at Grade I, a designation used for buildings “of outstanding architectural or historic interest”. It had a interesting ceiling and before we left Tom signed the visitor book on behalf of Brighton Japan Club.
After exploring the grounds for a bit we headed out for a walk 1-2km uphill past a windmill with views of the sea and Brighton. This land was now protected and used for conservation whereas a few years ago it was a golf course. Glad to know its protected now.
After some photos at the windmill we walked down to explore the old village of Rottingdean stopping at the esteemed Kipling Gardens and visiting the art gallery.
Some of use went to the pub, others to the beach in Rottingdean for lunch and had interesting talks about a variety of things such as Seaweed and its uses and Gordon Ramsey.
Afterwards for some it was a nice walk back to Brighton along the undercliff.
If you like the sound of this, why not join us a Brighton Japan Club for an adventure, there are a variety of different activities to join so feel free to choose anyone you want to attend. And if your interested in learning more about the language, why not contact Shimaguni Language School for more information on lessons.