At Ferring the low tide exposed a rocky beach, behind which lay sand flats. We hunted around the rocks to see what we could find; far off in the distance a man and his daughter were digging in the sand for lugworms. This seems to be a common preoccupation down at the coast. I wonder: do fishermen spend more time digging for lugworms, or fishing for fish?
We found some tiny sand crabs.
Crabs were not the only fruits of our search. We found a headless fish lying on the sand. What was it, we wondered?
When we got home I got the books out and started trying to find what we had discovered lying on the sand. I found some sketches of dogfish. Could it be a dogfish? I turned to Google and tried an images search. I was surprised to be taken straight to the website which I know well: Jessica’s Nature Blog. Jessica keeps an excellent blog and I have followed it for a long time. What a co-incidence that Google should direct me to her particular site!
It would appear that this headless carcass is that of a Lesser Spotted Dogfish. How did it end up without a head I wondered?
As we continued west and entered Kingston Gorse, we noticed that the houses overlooking the sands seemed to be getting quite expensive. A wide expanse of well-tended grass separated them from the beach itself.
And then, by the time we reached Angmering-on-Sea, the houses were so expensive you couldn’t see them any more!
The fact that we couldn’t see anything but walls to our right was fine; we were more interested in the views to our left.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Houses at Kingston Gorse: N 50° 48.200 W 000° 27.955
- Walled Gardens at Angmering-on-Sea: N 50° 48.191 W 000° 29.390
Walk #55 Statistics (of which this post forms the third part):
- Date of Walk: 1 June 2013
- Walk #55 total distance covered: 8.58 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 454.22 miles
- CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!!
Angmering! Another Madeleine Moment name for me: where we used to go when I was little, for a cold swim and a lettuce-based picnic with sulphurous boiled eggs lightly dusted with crunchy sand… [There were good aspects too, of course!]
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