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.
Here’s another view from the end of the new sea wall.
I took this photo as I didn’t think it was particularly advisable of those girls playing on the rocks.
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.
And here’s Jez (shaking), Max and Chris on the beach when we got there.
Jez looks very happy coming out of the sea.
And, of course, Max was in his element.
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.
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.
So, onto the harbour.
When we got there it was low tide.
But by the time we were ready to head home the tide had come in.
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).
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.
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).
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.