My walk this week is from another bay not far from where I was walking last week and though it is quite different, it is just as expansive as the last one. Llanelli Bay on the Loughor Estuary in Wales provides just about as long a walk as you would like but I stuck to the eastern end of it thinking there might be fewer people there.
Please understand that I am not desperate to get away from people (I like people really) but I also like my solitary walks. You will be ale to hear in my soundscape for this week (to be posted as usual on Friday) that if there were not crowds of people, the sounds of those that were there, particularly children and dogs, carried easily in across the mud flats and sand. The tide was out further than the eye could see and this allowed the silhouette of the disused Victorian iron built Whitford Lighthouse to stand out in the distance.
Closer to my eyes was the ground at my feet and the endlessly fascinating forms of the clinker and rocks that are strewn across the beach at this eastern end of the bay. The patterns on the rocks were as intricate as those on the clinker and apparently evidence of activity dating back whatever number of million years.
The rippled and corrugated patterns in the sand/mud were similar to those you see on many beaches but the consistency of the mud provided different textures that could bee both seen and felt under foot and as the sun lowered in the sky the patterns became more pronounced.