Same walk, different tide, different beach. It’s over a week since I last ventured down to the south end of Spittal Beach. In that time wind and waves have been rearranging the sand and pebbles. The shifting contours of the beach give the illusion that the rocks themselves move.
The tide is falling, revealing smooth sand scattered with small pebbles.
The sand has washed away from some of these rocks, revealing smoothly sculpted curves
As the tide falls, water cascades and bubbles between small pools in the bands of rock
A step into the Carboniferous – apparently the brown pimples on the foreground rocks are sections of fossil stigmaria, the roots of ancient trees
Yes, the rocks really are this colour – dyed by minerals in the water draining from and old iron ore mine
Time to turn for home – the view back along the beach towards Spittal village and Berwick lighthouse
Click on the top left photo to follow the walk.