Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Cleethorpes Beach, Meridian Line, Windsurfers and First World War Forts

A house full of family (see New Year's Eve) is at times a rumbustious affair so after saying our farewells, to clear the head, for the second time in three days we walked for miles along Cleethorpes beach and salt marshes. We passed the Greenwich Meridian line that crosses the Humber Estuary, first entering Britain at Withernsea and then passing through Cleethorpes. The stainless steel plate crossing the walkway has withstood the rigours of time and footfall since being presented to the town in 1930 by the Sheffield Steelworks, Hadfields Ltd. Tough stuff. The signpost and granite globe were erected in October.




The Humber Estuary drains something like 20% of England's land mass so the water that is presently flooding Northern Yorkshire flows here.


Birds flock in their many thousands to over-winter on the rich marshland. The egret tested my zoom lens.


Wind surfers and one of the two estuary forts constructed in 1914 to defend the coast. The forts are lonely features of the seascape now. In the far distance behind the close-up of the windsurfer is the second fort.





And here in the thin winter sun, the sea defences and vast sands have a beauty.


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