The sea at Weston

Weston-super-Mare is sometimes known as Weston-super-Mud. Weston ahs the second highest tidal range in the world, so the sea goes out an awfully long way, and it comes galloping in quite a lick, deceiving the unwary who have ventured too far out in search of some water. it also comes in beneath the sand, which may suddenly turn to jelly beneath your feet. There are also great slabs of clay as well as sand, added to which there is the might River Severn issuing into the Bristol Channel, the River Avon, plus the literally hundreds of other smaller rivers discharging into the sea along the coast. All this makes for a lot of muddy sediment, churning around, which  turns the sea from sea-colour to grey or brown… it may not look pretty, but it is actually clean.

Because the beach at Weston is so wide, long and flat, we don’t get dramatic waves very often, but today as we walked round Knightstone island (now connected to the road by a road upon a permanent barrier) the waves were lashing over the railings, and we had spray on our faces

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.


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