At the end of our last walk we had to abort due to bad weather. Today, when we arrived to pick up where we had left off, Mr Blue Sky was back out and smiling down on us. As we walked along the shingle beach we passed a raised outbuilding, a cabana of sorts. If I lived at the coast I would like to have one of these.
As we approached Pagham we passed its yacht club. There was some form of race going on. Dinghies sailed up and down, round and round each other, intermingling in a bedlam of boats, some going this way and some that. Every now and again a blast from a siren would signify something, although what that something was I had no idea. Over a period of ten minutes or so this continued, until all of a sudden, after a final blast of the siren, all of the pilots turned their boats as if they were one and raced off east.
According to our map we would have to detour inland at Pagham Harbour, around a marsh. But the tide was out and it looked as if we might be able to cut across the entrance to the marsh and avoid the detour. What luck!
What do you reckon? Sure there’s a spit of land poking out but to me it looked as if the horizon was continuous. It looked to me as if we could nip across and continue on our way. Oh, how I lived in hope for the few miles it took us to reach the inlet itself. The closer we got, the more my hope dwindled. By the time we arrived I realised that there was quite a body of water between us and the other side of the inlet. Rule #1: Trust the Map. This was not the first time I had abandoned the map in the vain hope that it lied.
When Ben, my son, found out that we would have to walk several miles inland, he became a bit despondent. He exhibited this by stomping out his frustration in the shingle. Never stomp on shingle. The harder you stomp the more you sink. He was almost up to his knees, he was so angry. Poor old Ben; we pulled him out, dusted him off and started our trek inland.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Cabana: N 50° 46.738 W 000° 41.715
- Pagham Yacht Club: N 50° 46.075 W 000° 44.250
- The Unforgeable Entrance to Pagham Marshes: N 50° 45.475 W 000° 45.210
Walk #57 Statistics (of which this post forms the first part):
- Date of Walk: 4 August 2013
- Walk #57 total distance covered: 10.27 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 472.79 miles
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