We basically spent the holiday walking in different areas nearby the town of Littlehampton, within walking distance or a short train journey. Dad chose the route for most of the walks, and my parents and I were joined on several of them by Bob and Chris (who are also walkers).

Littlehampton is a seaside town where the River Arun runs into the English Channel. It has a harbour (on the river) and is not far from the South Downs. As usual, we found many interesting churches (some of which were built in the 1100s), which make up most of the pictures here. Sorry. :)

I've organised this set of pictures by theme instead of in chronological order.

Church architecture

Arundel, a nearby castle town, was the first place we visited. It has only a recently-built (19th century) Catholic cathedral, which wasn't all that impressive.

But still not bad in parts.
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The small town - city, I suppose - of Chichester has a large cathedral. Mum stayed behind to attend the 'sung evensong' service there (apparently that isn't a tautology). Before, we'd had tea in a vaulted medieval undercroft which was all that remained of some other old building.

The spire.
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High-level arches inside.
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The organ.
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One of the towers at the entrance end (I'm not big on technical terms for churches).
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Later in the week we visited a small town called Bosham ('bish-bash Bosham' in my opinion, although apparently it is pronounced more like 'Bozzem').

And this is its church, which was actually quite nice inside (see later).
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On the Sunday, appropriately, we went on a church crawl - in the afternoon, not when services were on. Dad planned a walk which circled Littlehampton taking in four churches. (This is not a typical Dad-walk, but there aren't many street festivals in the Littlehampton area - we wouldn't even let him go to the Gay Pride event in Brighton.)

I think this is Angmering Church.
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And I think this one is – um, I can't remember the real name, but we were calling it Cycle Hire Church because it said 'Cycle Hire' next to that place on the map…
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The church at Climping (or Clymping, depending on whom you believe), a tiny village west of Littlehampton, was quite impressive and quite old, having been rebuilt less than the average. We had to ask somebody for the key to get in, but here's the outside.

Strange (and apparently unique) window-edging.
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Other buildings

Back in Arundel, there were other nice buildings.

Gate to Arundel Priory.
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Entrance to the town hall.
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We didn't actually go inside the castle because it's rather expensive, but we saw it from outside. It is home to the Duke of Norfolk (who is seriously lost). He also appears to own most of the area.

Gatehouse of the castle.
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The distant castle, seen from the graveyard of a nearby church.
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Just a road sign? I'm not sure.
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From Arundel we walked through an extensive country park (guess who owned it) to Amberley.

Old boathouse in the park.
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Chichester, meanwhile, had easily-navigable roads (which I think were set out by the Romans or something).

This particular one had a strangely red roadsign.
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Many thatched cottages in the area had fancy sculptures made from the straw. As ostentatious displays of wealth go, it's rather more picturesque than SUVs.

Here's one near Climping.
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Church abstract

The church (not cathedral) in Arundel was actually quite nice inside.

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Shadow of pew.
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Chichester Cathedral had an impressive interior.

Including this shiny font (?).
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Nice hinge.
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Spotty under-floor lighting.
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Floor tiles.
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Part of the stonework outside.
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On our second walk from Arundel we went some distance out of our way to a local village church (since, amazingly, there weren't any other churches scheduled for that day).

And all I got is this lousy picture. And a blister. (Okay, I didn't really get a blister, that day wasn't bad.)
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Climping church was great inside too.

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Nature and countryside

The walk from Arundel to Amberley, mainly through the Lost Duke's park, included some pretty countryside.

A stream that runs into the Arun.
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Back to the roots.
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A teasel! (Er, I like them.)
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Lichen on a fencepost.
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Our circular walk from Arundel covered farmland, hillside, and forest plantations.

Smoke over hayfield.
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Light stripe.
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Light circle.
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From Bosham we walked around Chichester Harbour (a natural harbour that's basically a huge area of inland water, except at low tide, when it's presumably a huge area of inland mud).

Along public footpaths, naturally. (Sorry, I just liked the rusty pole.)
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On the sand dunes by Littlehampton's West Beach, a huge flock of starlings were perching atop bushes.

Until we approached.
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Church roofs

Chichester Cathedral and outbuilding.
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First church from the church crawl.
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Climping church (1).
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Climping church (2).
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Chichester Harbour had an interesting road around it. We had to turn back and change our plans at one point.

Not this point, actually, but this one looks better.
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Looking toward the sea.
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Littlehampton does have beaches.

West beach.
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Blue beach hut.
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Yellow beach huts.
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Church windows

Arundel cathedral (the one I didn't like that much) did have quite nice large towers.

Here's one.
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Bosham church was actually pretty unusual inside, with a high-level platform.

And a small, ancient sort of basement-chapel.
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I like this cracked window-opening.
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Light from side window.
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Windows at one end.
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Random small piece of stained glass.
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Climping church again...

Window light.
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Littlehampton harbour

The harbour was just across the river from us, on a modern footbridge which could retract into the side to allow ships passage (we saw this happen once, from a distance). While not quite as nice as the swing bridge that had been there previously – which we saw pictured in the museum – this did the job.

Swampy rope at low tide.
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The plank! (We didn't walk it.)
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Boat graveyard.
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The blue boat... screaming.
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Rope at water's edge.
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Old iron plate on the ground of a small island in the harbour.
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More of the blue boat, in happier daylight.
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Church details

A couple of bits from Chichester Cathedral.

This is Saint Richard, a local who apparently got sainted just for being a generally nice guy.
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Um, I forget who this is. :)
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Bosham church had this monument to a radio engineer, presumably a local.

It's a sundial, carefully placed in the shade.
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Poling church, from the church-crawl.

Decorated beams in the ceiling.
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Disembodied heads in another beam.
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An altar-cloth by a local artist; I liked the multi-seasoned tree.
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What do you do when you realise you missed out an M after chiseling the rest of the word into your church wall? Leave it that way. For several hundred years.
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Finally, Climping church had an interesting sight.

Pump up the volume. (And these weren't the only speakers in the small church, just the biggest.)
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Littlehampton gasholder

Surely the gasholder deserves a section to itself. You can see this for miles (from Arundel, for instance).

It's blue!
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