On our fifth day in Wales, we woke to what looked like a day of variable weather. The week had been windy, and sometimes wet, as storms drifted across Britain from the Atlantic. But it was still relatively mild, and we’d managed a walk every day. This was no different.
We decided to explore the beach this time. No chance (or desire) for a swim in those rough waters. As we emerged from the hotel to make our way down to the sands, it quickly became obvious the wind continued to blow hard. Initially, we’d considered walking the 3 miles (5km) along the flat beach to the small island of Bury Holmes at the northern end of Rhossili Bay. Once down on the sands, however, it became clear the windblown sand would be a real problem further up. So, we went south first to have a look at the rocks and cliffs there.
It was a day for ‘art’ photography rather than the landscapes I’d mostly taken during the first part of the week. I enjoy making pictures (my mother was a talented painter and I imagine I inherited my ‘eye’ from her).
After we’d walked beside the cliffs, we turned back and approached the remains of the wrecked barque, the Helvetia. Only a small number of ribs and part of the prow now remain of this cargo vessel that, carrying timber, was blown on shore on 1st November 1887. It’s a picturesque wreck, much photographed, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity. Fortunately, Valerie has the patience of a saint when it comes to my photography, and she was happy to wait and enjoy the scenery as I wandered around the old timbers.
We sauntered further north for a mile or so but soon concluded our earlier fears regarding the windblown sand were justified, so returned up the cliff steps to the village.
We had a tasty lunch at The Bay Bistro again and returned to our room as the weather closed in once more. There was a brief spell of clear weather later and I took the final picture of the day from our bedroom window as sunlight glanced through a hole in the cloud and illuminated a patch of surf down below. Another lovely day.
Days 6 and 7, the end of this saga, will follow shortly.