Splash Point by name, Splash Point by nature

Sunshine and rough seas this afternoon, and a brisk walk along the promenade with my father. He tells me that this winter’s storms have exposed the beach’s wooden groynes for the first time in 30 years. Not far along the coast at Birling Gap, where J and I had tea and cakes three weeks ago while walking the Seven Sisters, there have been major rock falls and the beach is closed to visitors.

Meanwhile, two hundred miles west in Cardigan

Photograph: Keith Morris/LNP (Guardian newspaper)

Photograph: Keith Morris/LNP (Guardian newspaper)

Bay, a prehistoric forest including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from the beaches there. You can read more here. The forest of Borth once stretched for miles on boggy land between Borth and Ynyslas, before climate change and rising sea levels buried it under layers of peat, sand and saltwater.

Tomorrow J and I set off to tackle another section of the South Downs Way.


This post is linked up to WordPress’s weekly photo challenge on the theme of Threes.



  1. I really like the close up shot of the waves. They look so ferocious. Great shot 🙂

    1. Thanks Mabel. We were standing out on a little pier and the waves were thundering below and around us. I’m glad that comes across in the photo.

  2. Bravo! The splashing of the waves can almost be heard.

    1. Thanks Gerry, yes the sea was pulling out vast amounts of shingle that afternoon. Very dramatic!

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