A grand day out

Saturday 18th April 2015

Normally when someone comes to stay I like to organise at least one day where we all go out together (that’s the visitor(s), me, Chris and the dogs). Today, as it was lovely and sunny, albeit with a cold wind, I thought a trip down to West Bay (Bridport Harbour) would be nice. Many of you will know it as the place where the TV series Broadchurch was mainly shot. Coincidentally, as I write this they have opened a new Broadchurch Trail around the town.

I’ve got loads of photos, but I’ll try to pick the best ones. The others you will find over on my Flickr stream.

So here are those instantly recognisable cliffs along the East Beach. As you can see, the sea is fairly rough.

East Beach and the cliffs

Here’s another view from the end of the new sea wall.

The cliffs

I took this photo as I didn’t think it was particularly advisable of those girls playing on the rocks.

Not a great place to play

What I didn’t realise was that there was to be drama, not from the girls on the rocks but from one of those in the sea behind. She got swept out past the end of the rocks, and the local guys did a brilliant job of rescuing her – one of them risking his own life going in after her. At the time it all kicked off I was filming for Chris, so I quickly moved the camera and captured a lot of the action. Chris has posted it on his You Tube account.

Eventually they got her up the rocks and the coastguard, paramedics and ambulance arrive. I believe she was ok but the coastguard report to the local paper said she was slipping in and out of consciousness when they got there.

So, back to more mundane matters. Here’s a view of the East Beach.

West Beach

And here’s Jez (shaking), Max and Chris on the beach when we got there.

Jez shakes

Jez looks very happy coming out of the sea.

Jez emerges from the sea

And, of course, Max was in his element.

Max emerges from the sea

There was a little lagoon at the end of the beach and Jez thought it was great. Here she goes to investigate what the children are up to.

Jez goes to investigate

It was lucky there was a sheltered area as Jez doesn’t like the waves if they are too rough, and as I said, it was a bit windy.

Spray

So, onto the harbour.

When we got there it was low tide.

Low tide

But by the time we were ready to head home the tide had come in.

All lined up

Up river a little way is the chalet used as DI Alec Hardy’s home in the second series of Broadchurch. Sadly he wasn’t there today (it’s recently been sold).

DI Alec Hardy is sadly not at home

After that I had an ice cream and then we headed home, although we did stop off for a drink at a very nice pub in Burton Bradstock on the way home.

Refreshements

That’s Chris with Irene, Max and Jez under the table in the shade.

And finally for today, I took the coast road towards Weymouth on the way home, so we got some lovely views of Chesil Bank, the Fleet (the water inside the Bank) and Portland Bill (off in the distance).

Chesil Bank and the Fleet

It had been a lovely day, and best of all I didn’t have to cook when we got home as we got a take away.

A year ago today

We went to the River Stour where I took this photo of a Little Egret.

Little Egret

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