Although the beach along the river where I like to walk is rather brown,I have wondered if it is permissible to walk along it, to more fully indulge in the seaside experience. I did see a woman allowing her small son to paddle at the end of the walkway, where it is easy to get down, but I am not sure I would recommend paddling.
I didn’t find a definitive answer to my question but I did discover the existence of an even more beautiful shoreline – Chessel Bay.
So on Tuesday morning, the sun was shining and I resolved to go exploring. I almost don’t want to extol the wonders of this place as I met very few people along the way; so it was so much better than trying to go to Southampton Common. Of course there is lots of parking at The Common and I think people probably come there from all over Southampton.
I decided not to take the scenic route via my ‘seaside’ walk, which would have been longer, but went via the Mount Pleasant level crossing. This route does however include walking beside a pleasant park and is the way I go when I need to collect an undelivered Royal Mail parcel.
Ignore the two black lines after the words, they are not an arrow; Chessel Bay is in the other direction.
The water you see below, at the far side, is not very beautiful. It reminded me of ‘the brook’ in my grandparents’ village of Senghenydd. However I continued on until I got to the main entrance to the area. The sun was not in the best direction for taking photographs and I had to squat a bit to take this.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this was only about one and three quarter miles from home.
which is very pleasant to walk along.
Moving on I photographed these swans. I did not actually see a great number of birds and this is one of those times when I miss my old camera with its telephoto lens.
But listening I could hear an amazing carcophony of multiple bird songs.
I didn’t walk all the way to the end of the path but turned back when my Garmin fitness device told me I had gone almost two miles. Next time I will go further.
On the way home I met two women coming in the opposite direction who stood aside for me. It was their first visit too!
I hope you enjoyed seeing Chessel Bay but not enough so that you will all rush there!