My walk this week takes place on a Summer day in Winter on the south coast of England. It was mid-February but the temperature reached over 20 degrees celsius!
Staying overnight on the seafront in Worthing, we awoke to a beautiful, bright day and took time for a walk along the stony beach with its ageing, bleached wood groynes. The garish colours of a multi-storey car park on the road side were followed through and improved on the pier as it extended out onto the sands and mud revealed by the ebb tide.
We explored among the stanchions under the pavilion and found raggle-taggle sculptures created by seaweed, old hawsers and netting. Back on the beach the sculptures were more sophisticated in their finish, smoothed by the tide and wind as they were, to create forms that made me think of the sculptor Brancusi.
South Coast Soundscape
The soundscape for this walk is, as was anticipated, stony. However, knowing the beaches on the south coast to be like this, I was not expecting the tide to be so far out – the result was that the stony sound is one of my feet and others walking along the loose surface with some difficulty, instead of the expected crunch of crashing waves on pebbles.
Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.