An enthusiastic group of beachcombing virgins gathered at Covehithe Church on what turned out to be a balmy sunny day on July 22nd. Walk leader Simon Raven outlined the programme for the day and we set off for a bit of creative trespassing along the cliff-tops to Benacre Broad. This is a rapidly eroding coastline and the cliffs remodel themselves and slump down to the beach after storms. Arriving at Benacre Broad’s reedy shallows, we found our way onto the shifting sands on Covehithe Beach. We had lunch resting against the friendly trunk of a beached tree (no not a beech tree) – a feature of this particular bit of coast. Simon had even created an assemblage of found objects to mark our picnic spot (see photo).
Simon gave some beachcombing tips and showed us examples of previous finds, including local amber and fossilised wood. Heading south we set off along the tideline, with the task of finding one thing each to show the others at the Covehithe end of the walk. Half way along Simon called us all together and showed us photographs of the wreck of a century-old 30′ wooden boat which was still somewhere hidden beneath our feet – it was like something out of the Detectorists! Who knows what lies buried beneath the sand and what might be revealed after the next storm or high tide.
At the end of the walk we showed each other our ‘finds’ and talked a little about what drew us to make our choices. Before leaving, Simon gave each of us an Advice Sheet to further our own future explorations in Beachcombing country. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day! Beach-combing can throw up all sorts of delights from ‘found’ poetry to driftwood sculptures.
Bring your sketchbook on 7 September and join artist, Kasia Posen, a little further down the coast at Walberswick for our penultimate celebrate creative walk.