This evening re-visit, at low tide, showed off the sand patterns and eddies (see facebook manonabeach for photos). The sea was alive and people were enjoying the release of being near wild elements.
With Alison, Hannah and Kevin, in the teeth of the sea and wild nature.
Imagine waking from your favourite dream and finding yourself standing there, in real time. If I were you, I would wake up on this beach, on this morning, exactly as you see in the film below.
As good as it gets.
Simon says… what the beach means to him.
Bedruthan Steps beach was only accessible up to October 30th this year (2011). I visited the day before it closed, in beautiful weather towards low tide, the only time you can get down there (+- 2 hours either side). It is highly atmospheric and timeless, with spherical white quartz pebbles and stones fashioned and churned up in the far back corner. There are many granite intrusions on the beach. I also filmed a sea stack which showed the 18 foot difference between high and low tide, marked with mussels.
Bedruthan Steps beach, seen from above at low tide.
Evidence of the wide tide gap in Cornwall.
The wide expanse of the beach and sand.
The sheen of the retreating water on the sand.
The rocks on the waterline at Bedruthan Steps.
My interview with two walkers at Bedruthan Steps. They were both much travelled. He had spent a lot of time fell walking and mountaineering in the Lake District. He was not the first person to say there is nowhere in England with beaches like the North Coast of Cornwall. There’s also an interesting Northern European insight from his partner.