Tuesday, 5 March 2013

a glimpse of the sea

On Sunday we were visiting family who live just a few miles from the south coast. I felt it would be a shame to drive all that way and not see the sea so we left early in the morning and spent a couple of hours in Boscombe, Dorset.

We arrived shortly after 8am and the temperature was around freezing so I suppose it wasn't surprising that the beach was empty. This stretch of beach would be absolutely packed on a warm sunny day in summer.

We went for a brisk walk and along the promenade and then down on to the beach.

The last time I saw the sea and stood on the beach was in November when we were on holiday in Shetland. From one end of the country to the other and the Shetland beaches couldn't be more different from the commercialised coastline near Bournemouth. I prefer the wild unspoilt beaches but it was good to be by the sea.

We walked out along the empty pier

and then up to the cliff top gardens where we were a little sheltered from the cold wind.

Next we went to the town centre for breakfast at a lovely warm cafe. I had coffee and a vegan breakfast which was really good and my husband opted for blueberry pancakes and hot chocolate. It was just what we needed to warm up before we continued with the rest of our day.

It was well worth the early morning start, we felt as if we had squeezed a little two hour mini holiday into our Sunday.


Everyday Things said...

is that the bournemouth pier there in the pic? I used to spend almost every other summer going to bournemouth and loved it there! I remember the beach chalets - they were so nice. Is the theatre still at the end of the pier? There used to be a sideshow alley/indoor games and machines near the pier, loved that on a rainy day! thanks for sharing those lovely pics!

willow said...

We walked out on Boscombe Pier but in the third photo taken looking towards Bournemouth you can just see Bournemouth Pier in the distance. I don't know about the theatre but the last time we drove that way there seemed to be a lot of demolition/building work in the area around the pier so it may well have changed quite a lot in recent years.