The Treacherous Tides of Shingle Street

View to OrfordThe shingle spits and islands at Shingle Street are fluid and transient. They shift and move with the tides. The rivers Ore and Alde enter the sea here and there can be treacherous currents. The tides can also be fast and furious. People die at Shingle Street.

That being said I like to swim there, I like to explore the shingle spits. Some of these are visible at low tide and some are just beneath the water providing a causeway to other spits and islands  – I like to walk along these.

Between Christmas and New Year I went to the beach with friends.

Jeff and KerryWe went metal detecting, looking for lost treasure.

Metal detectingFinding treasure

Kainaat helped dig.

Kai diggingThe dogs played

dogs playing

The dogs and kids played

Kai and Jude2

But the lure of the water was too great for Jude and me. We tried to get to this island by walking along the spit and crossing far out to sea, but the tide had turned and was coming in too fast.

Shingle Street

I then spied a submerged causeway that might take us to the end of the island nearest the shore.

Jude in the sea

My wellies were bigger than Jude’s and I just managed to pick a route across and reach the island.

View from the island and Jude

I took pictures and started to walk along the island out to sea.

the islandMy friends waved at me, I waved back.

Looking back frmo the island

They waved again, this time shouting. The tide was coming in fast. I realised I had to go. The submerged shingle causeway I followed to get to the island had gone, there was just water. Between the shingle banks there are deep pools – these are great to swim in in summer, but icy in winter. I strode out hoping that I wouldn’t fall in and ruin my camera. The water came over my wellies and filled them, but I was lucky and made it back. Although I had to squelch up the beach and walk to the car with freezing wet feet, it was worth it.

The island has nearly vanished now

The island has nearly vanished now

coming home

On the way home


6 responses to “The Treacherous Tides of Shingle Street

  1. Maybe keep your spit-hopping for the summer months when at least it will be warm enough to swim back to shore!

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