The town centre of Shoreham lies on the north bank of the River Adur. On the south bank, and just a little to the west, lie a number of houseboats. We could see them as we crossed the Norfolk Bridge to get back to the coast. Once across the bridge, we took a narrow footpath which runs between the houseboats and the back of some houses which lay behind.
Every now and again, as we walk around the coast of Britain, we come across some completely unexpected treasures. This was one of those occasions.
The first houseboat we saw on the path gave a flavour of what was to come. I love the rickety sheds stood next to it.
The houseboats here comprise a vast array of variety and ingenuity. Very few of them seem to be seaworthy. Later in the day, the taxi driver taking us back to our car told us that most would sink were it not for the fact that they sit on concrete bases. Whether or not this is true I do not know, but if it is the bases are not the only thing made of concrete here. Have a look at the Aquarius, which is itself made out of concrete!
But best of all was the magnificent Verda, quite simply the best-looking houseboat I have ever seen, and the best-looking houseboat I think I shall ever see. How’s this for a picture window? I’m sure Captain Nemo would feel right at home here!
Just after we left this line of watery dwellings, we passed the southern entrance to the Shoreham footbridge. It was only because this footbridge was closed that we had to walk on to the next river crossing and so, by chance, got to see the houseboats which were the highlight of this walk.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Norfolk Bridge: N 50° 49.915 W 000° 16.793
- Houseboats: N 50° 49.745 W 000° 16.800
- Shoreham Footbridge: N 50° 49.845 W 000° 16.463
Walk #53 Statistics (of which this post forms the fourth part):
- Date of Walk: 27 May 2013
- Walk #53 total distance covered: 7.72 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 435.92 miles
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