Railway to the sea

The path ambles alongside the waters of Chichester Harbour, passing close to the grand houses with their lawns and terraces. There’s a place, past Itchenor and through the trees twisted by an age of sea wind, where metal rails disappear into the tidal mud. An approach by water would reveal a different perspective, of the boat house they serve on the harbour’s edge, with its own little branch line for launching into the shallow water. 

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.

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A sparkling blue day for sailors in Blakeney

The sun has returned; low and bright and setting the water shimmering with autumn light. A perfect day for sailors enjoying the last of the season in Blakeney.

This is a still shot extracted from a new slow motion video on our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living. Head over there to see the full version.

Uncharted creeks with The Coastal Exploration Company

As October cools into November, there are fewer days when time, tide and weather favour adventuring on the marsh. When they arrive, you have to seize them – and this morning we did, voyaging through the uncharted creeks around Wells with The Coastal Exploration Company until the channels became too narrow to navigate, even for the traditional Norfolk crab boat My Girls. 

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.

Blowing from the North and West

The wind was in the North and West this morning, bringing the tide flooding over The Carnser in Blakeney. One of those gusting, squalling days which speaks of a North Sea changing its temperament and settling into the grumpiness of winter.

A single boat was braving the harbour chop, spray breaking over its bows, as the professionals from the boat yard continued about their business, bringing the leisure craft home for winter.

See our Instagram for a video with a rather different perspective on the same tide…

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.

Meadow yachting

That wonderful, peculiarly Norfolk pursuit where sails appear to glide over the grass.

This was taken on the Norfolk Broads, but when the tide is right, the same phenomenon may be observed in the creeks between Blakeney, Morston and Cley, as shallow draft boats explore the marsh channels. The water needs to be high enough to navigate, but low enough the hull remains hidden below the grass and reed banks.

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living.