Defiance can be chartered for a group booking of up to 10 people for a boat trip along the white cliffs to the east of Brighton. This is suitable for a family or office outing. This trip is a more relaxed than the Brighton trip and gives the opportunity to see the downs and the marine life it supports.
The boat trip along the cliifs can be between 1 and 2 hours in duration. A 1 hour trip typically takes you to Peacehaven, whilst the 2 hour trip up to Newhaven and Seaford Bay depending on the tides.
The White Cliffs
The cliffs form part of the South Downs. This is a ridge of chalk that runs from Hampshire across Sussex to Beachy Head. The Downs meet the sea at Brighton. This trip takes you along the first stretch where the sea has cut into the chalk.
Brighton Marina to Newhaven
Between Brighton Marina and the port of Newhaventhere are numerous landmarks to see.
The first imposing building is Roedean School, the well known private girls school and boarding houses.
Blind Veterans (St Dunstans) sits in the valley at Ovingdean. This well established charity is set up for the care and rehabilitation of servicmen who have lost their sight. Ironically, it has some of the best views across Brighton. The building when is constructed in the shape of an aircraft.
The first coastal village along the trip is Rottingdean. Rottingdean windmill is a well known landmark. Rottingdean is an old settlement recorded as far back as 1089. The village boasts an area of tudor houses, which are in fact very good replicas, built by the Saldean Estate company about 1929.
Saltdean is the next town. It boasts an art deco Lido that is under renovation. Butlins Grand Ocean hotel, once a popular holiday resort is now the Grand Ocean apartments. Saltdean was farmland and really started to grow as holiday resort and town in the 1930’s
At Peacehaven you will cross the Greenwich Meridian. A monument marks the spot which now is about 130m out of place when the UK changed from the Ordanance Survey datum to the World Geodetic System.
At the end of the cliffs is the the port of Newhaven. Newhaven Fort overlooks the harbour entrance. This has long been a defensive post with a permanent battery built in 1759 but defences here date back as far as the iron age.
The river Ouse forms the port of Newhaven. Originally the Ouse ran into the sea at Seaford, but a new cut was made in 1539 at the fishing village of Meeching. This became the “new haven”.