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Winter walks at West Wittering

by Clare Mansell
Winter walks at West Wittering

One of the nice things about this time of year around our neck of the woods, is that we regain the use of West Wittering. During the summer months the crowds, the expense (£8 to park a car) and the summer dog ban keep us away from this stretch of the coast, but in low season it becomes a place for wonderful wintery walks.

The dog ban is actually lifted at the beginning of October (the same time the parking charges drop to £2) but as always it’s taken us a few weeks to get round to visiting.

West Wittering Estate is connected by a sand spit to East Head, a wonderful place I have written about on this blog before. From the shore we can look back across the harbour and see our house nestled amongst the trees nearly five miles away. Last time we stood here squinting at it, it was a stark square shape wrapped in plastic. Now its slopping roof blends into its surroundings more subtlety.

Next summer we hope to spend a lot more time here. We are planning on joining a nearby sailing club and are looking forward to landing here with a picnic in tow (dodging the parking charge, the crowds and the West Wittering dog ban!) Theo has yet to spend much time on a boat, but it’s something we are keen to get him into as soon as possible. In theory he could start helming his own boat from the age of five, if he shows an inclination.

There was another reason why I was keen to visit East Head today. We came here last November and took a photo of Theo at the sign and I wanted to make it an annual tradition to record him here as he grows.

The last twelve months have seen him change from a baby faced toddler to a young boy. His blonde hair is darkening and his face is slimming too!

I’m linking up today with Living Arrows, Point & Shoot and Country Kids!

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Coombe Mill November 10, 2014 - 12:05 pm

What a lovely part of the coast for a winter walk and yes Theo has really changed into a young boy over the last 12 months. My eldest is enjoying sailing at the moment, it is a wonderful hobby and sport for those who enjoy it so I hope Theo takes to it in time. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

Caroline South November 10, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Beautiful photos! The beach hut reflections is amazing – though I cant quite get my head around it! I love the idea of taking a pic of Theo in the same spot, a lovely way to document him growing.
I’ve only been to Wittering beach a couple of times, and both have been super busy! I shall have to try and go again in these quieter months. xx

Clare Mansell November 10, 2014 - 12:33 pm

It’s upside down. It doesn’t look half as interesting the right way! 😉

Sian PottyMouthedMummy November 10, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Stunning pictures, we love West Wittering! Love the comparison pic too x

Donna November 10, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The comparison photo at the end is just gorgeous, look how much he’s grown! And West Wittering looks beautiful, love the beach huts x

Emma T November 10, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Wow, he looks so different compared to last year’s photo. Definitely now a boy and not a toddler. Love the beach hut reflection photo and the beautiful photo of Theo. #livingarrows

Happy Homebird November 11, 2014 - 1:52 am

Love how littlies change in just 12 months! Gorgeous photos, what a stunning place.

isitwineoclockyet November 11, 2014 - 8:59 am

What gorgeous pictures! Looks like a beautiful place to visit 🙂 #pointshoot

Jane November 11, 2014 - 9:12 am

Lovely photos. We visited in the summer, although waited until after 3pm as it was cheaper!. Spent many lovely years sailing at West Wittering Sailing Club and made many friends. I’m sure Theo will love it.

Hannah Andhermonsters November 11, 2014 - 2:17 pm

What lovely photos! Love the beach huts x

Anne Krietlow November 11, 2014 - 2:41 pm

How beautiful!

dearmummyblog.com November 12, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Gorgeous photos! #PointShoot

Charlotte November 13, 2014 - 10:40 pm

West Wittering looks amazing! LOVE the shot of the beach huts

snowingindoors November 14, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I love the look of this beach, and that photo of the beach huts is stunning! Isn’t it amazing how much children change in just 12 months, he looks so grown up now xx

you baby me mummy November 16, 2014 - 5:14 pm

We LOVE West Wittering, I didn’t realise the parking rate drops, think we will be going again soon. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x


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