58a – Selsey Part I

It was a little overcast and gloomy when we arrived back at Selsey to continue our walk.  The boats along the shore bobbed up and down unhappily, waiting for the sun that was promised.

Overcast at Selsey

The working beach tried to provide a bit of colour to brighten up the day.

A Bit of Colour at SelseyOur first stop of the day was at Selsey Lifeboat Station.  It sits out at sea, at the end of a long pier.

Selsey Lifeboat StationLifeboats are used to a bit of unforseen action, but a mere 9 days after we walked along this jetty both lifeboats there were launched not to rescue a stricken vessel, but for their own safety:  an unexploded bomb from World War Two was discovered by a scuba diver!  Both lifeboats were evacuated before the bomb was carefully excavated and worked free of its resting place.  Supported by an inflatable bag, it was towed to a position approximately 1.5 nautical miles east-south-east of Selsey Bill.  Both lifeboats accompanied it and maintained a cordon around the bomb, which although inactive, was finally laid to rest by a controlled explosion.

We wandered up the jetty, unaware that we were on top of an unexploded bomb.  From our vantage point we looked along the coast to Selsey Bill, the headland which juts out into the Channel.

The View From Selsey Lifeboat Station to Selsey BillAround 165,000 years ago, as the ice caps of the last Ice Age melted and the glaciers retreated, Selsey Bill was populated by straight-tusked elephants, narrow-nosed rhinoceroses, lions, wolves and bears.  As we wandered down to Selsey Bill we wondered if we would be lucky enough to see any wild animals from bygone eras for ourselves.  We weren’t expecting much, but were pleasantly surprised – was this Selsey Bill himself?

Could This Be Selsey Bill?

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Selsey Car Park and the Start of our Walk:  N 50° 44.040 W 000° 46.440
  • Selsey Lifeboat Station:  N 50° 43.630 W 000° 46.730
  • Selsey Bill:  N 50° 43.370 W 000° 47.130

Walk #58 Statistics (of which this post forms the first part):

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One Response to 58a – Selsey Part I

  1. Jill says:

    I guess walking around the coast of Britain can be potentially dangerous to your health!

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