|Mini golf course after storm|
When we arrived we parked by the slipway & immediately noticed that the mini golf & go karting had been covered in pebbles! The storm had taken the top 2 metres off of the pebble ridge! I think it must have also taken a couple of feet of sand from the beach as well as these boards from old breakers were previously not visible just the posts at the top. The whole beach has been affected, It is normally a 2 mile beach of almost pure sand backed by the pebbleridge. The storms have dumped tons of pebbles on the beach, exposed the under bed of clay, a pre-historic submerged forest & 2 shipwrecks!
|Joseph (5) stood on the Submerged Forest|
|Daniel (3) & Nanny having fun|
Sunday was such a nice day really sunny & hardly any wind I couldn't believe its February It was much nicer than many summer days I've had down there. Or perhaps its just that my expectations are lower in the winter? The boys were dressed in their waterproofs & wellies & had so much fun climbing over all the pebbles & clay ridges. They couldn't resist jumping in the pools & puddles formed by the clay & both managed to fill their wellies with water! The high tides & storms have also washed up lots of really nice shells, bigger & more variety than I can normally find on a UK beach, they will make a great addition to our small world play. We also found a few pieces of coal, one was very big & the boys instead we bring it home & its now in Nanny's garden!
|Shipwreck found on Sunday|
After our lunch we headed out along the beach, picking up more shells & discovering lots of old wooden posts that had been uncovered. I find it very intriguing as to what they were. Lots were single posts (maybe signs) some were old breakers, others maybe old life guard platforms. The strangest was this line of posts running horizontally with the ridge not far from the 'bridge'. I was attempting to walk back the beach to find the ship wreck we had seen on Sunday (just as the tide was coming in) and to see if I could find the other wreck that I'd read about on goggle, but the boys just wanted to dig & play so mum stayed with them whilst I walked further up the beach. I found the wreck from Sunday & then closer to the slipway (but further out to sea) the bigger wreck I'd read about. The biggest wreck is thought to have been Sally of Bristol wrecked in 1769 & has been uncovered periodically & been mentioned in local press dating back to the 1850's. The smaller wreck has only been uncovered in more recent years & is thought to be late 18th century or early 17th century. more details on the wrecks & the history of Westward Ho! can be found at Westward Ho History.
|Large Shipwreck - View of the village in the background|
|Large Wreck - from the front|
Did you know that Westward Ho! is the only place in the UK to have an exclamation mark & was named after the book by Charles Kingsley.
If you visit with your kids please be careful as some of the 'pools' that have been uncovered look very deep but are murky so don't look much different to kids. Hopefully these will be covered over by summer when the kids are playing in the sea.
We are all looking forward to going back down in the summer to see how its changed again. How have the storms affected your area?
x Jo x
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