Tide’s right, so Hamworthy it is

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Another hot day, so once again I was in search of water to help keep the dogs cool. I checked the tides and they were just about right at the beach down at Hamworthy so that’s where we went.

Lake Pier

(Yes, I know it looks the same photo as I posted last week, but it’s not).

Now here’s an interesting fact: did you know Poole has double high tides. That means we generally get 4 a day rather than 2. It’s something to do with it being half way between Lands End and the Dover Straight at what is known as a ‘Nodal Point’, where there is little or no tidal range. The actual explanation looks really complicated, and I don’t really understand it, but apparently there are only half a dozen locations in the UK where this happens. Consequently I have to keep an eye of the tide tables as the tides do odd things, but it does mean I get more chances of a High Tide when we want to walk.

So, on with our walk. Here’s the obligatory shot of Max at the start of the walk.

Max waits to play

And these are the steps leading from the beach to Ham Common.

Heading up the steps to Ham Common

Here we have Poole Harbour’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster.

Is it the Loch Ness Monster?

Oh no, sorry. It’s just Jez wading through the water.


All in all we spent about 90 minutes down there – a lot of that wandering around in the sea. It helps to keep us all cool on these hot days and is welcomed by both me and the dogs. Plus all that walking through the water is really good for Jez’s arthritis and much cheaper than taking her to a water walker for exercise.

A year ago today

We went to Upton Heath and met a lot of our doggie friends, including Frank, pictured here. Sadly Frank’s owner, a lovely lady, died suddenly whilst on holiday, about 3 months ago. We still see him regularly, though, as he has been adopted by her son.



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