Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Photo walking round local towns

This is one of our ‘goals’ this year.  I have just finished an album that records ‘52 walks’ taken during 2010 (actually I only did 48, but I’m OK with that!), and I wanted another photography challenge.  I didn’t want to do a photo a day, or even a weekly challenge, so I created my very own challenge, with no pressure!  I am not specifying how many town photo walks we will do, or how often, just as and when the fancy (and the weather) takes us!

Last Sunday morning was glorious blue sky and sunshine, so we took ourselves, and Merlin off to walk around Shoreham by Sea, a small town about 7 miles east of here, at the mouth of the River Adur.

We started off walking along a path by the river right by the houseboats.  Lots of artists live here: safe to say, it’s an alternative lifestyle.  There have been some very ingenious restorations, and some have photos and information on the original boat mounted by the path.

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Here’s the view across the river towards the town itself

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We walked across the footbridge and sat on the quayside drinking our coffee – lovely!

This photo was taken from the bridge looking east.

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and here’s the view to the west:

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and here’s the rather ugly bridge!  The bridge connects Shoreham Beach to the town.  The way round by road is much further.  Shoreham Beach has always had a rather ‘arty’ feel.  There are some lovely houses fronting the sea shore.

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The town is dominated by the magnificent St Mary de Haura church, which dates back to the 12th century.  There are narrow streets full of lovely old cottages all around here.

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Here’s the newest building, the Ropetackle centre.  It replaced some very ramshackle buildings and looks splendid at the end of the High Street.  This is used as a music and entertainment venue.  I am slightly embarrassed to say we haven’t been there yet.  Behind are the usual modern waterfront apartments that are springing up near all waterways!

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Lastly a view across to the railway bridge and Lancing College in the background.  The main A27 road is between the railway bridge and the college.  There is a water sports centre just here so there are often canoeists at low tide.

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Alison said...

I enjoyed that little walk Linda..as I sit here with a cup of coffee being incredibly lazy! Looking forward to seeing where else you go exploring!
Alison xx

alexa said...

What a glorious set of photos - and a beautiful day too, by the looks of things! This is such a lovely project for all the rest of us too, as we get to join in ... :)

scrappysue said...

What a great idea for a new project Linda, and no pressure. Sounds like an approach I need to consider! What a beautiful place, I especially love the houseboats.