The Hastings Pier is being repaired and should be open again in under two years; the Eastbourne pier is set for repair also but that too is likely to take several years.
I wanted to picture the Lighthouse but there's limited visibility for obvious reasons and a good zoom helps. You do have to step quite close to the edge for the best shots. Being another warm day I again sought to travel light and favoured the Nikon 28-300mm, mostly because I felt I would need the 300mm end for close in shots of the Lighthouse while the flexibility to pull back to 28mm is also welcome.
The picture below was taken shooting east, into the broad direction of the sun. The sky is bright and there is a huge amount of reflection off the water. A polariser would have been ideal here to improve colour saturation. I admit that I rarely carry one on me though I really should have here.
But if you do want something from the top, best option possibly is to include some foreground details such as the viewing telescope giving a sense of perspective at least. By mid afternoon however, skies had clouded over and there's a real haze in the atmosphere. Shots from the top then are mostly for fun.
Overall though, not bad for a day out.