16 July 2018
2018’s summer has, so far, been boiling. A proper summer.
It’s the summer we’ve been waiting for. It reminds us, the UK is as superb a holiday destination as anywhere else. It’s lovely, right?
In fact, with the economic uncertainty of Brexit stewing, more and more (and more) Brits are choosing to holiday in the UK. The "staycation" is on the rise, and we’re seeing a welcome return of the Great British Holiday.
Anyone for a Mr. Whippy? Perhaps a deep fried doughnut? (true fact: one is more filling than a whole loaf of bread).
Norfolk Beach Holidays Increasingly Popular
The Norfolk coast, especially North Norfolk is right at the centre of the staycation world. Some of the best beaches in the UK are found here and their natural beauty attracts people from all over the country.
As is the way, some of these people will ignore the tides - which of course they shouldn't.
The Wonders of Low Tide
It’s inviting isn’t it? The tides out and it seems like there’s endless beach, and beyond the sea line are little sandbank islands, peaking from ankle deep waters. We’ve all paddled out to spots like these, we gravitate towards them…
Much like the ocean gravitates towards the moon, in part causing our tides.
When it’s a new or full moon spring tides happen. This is the biggest difference between high and low tide, and in places like North Norfolk when the tide ebbs out it can expose vast semi-submerged landscapes.
Tide Safety – Don’t Go Too Far Out! (Man)
Extreme low tide is beautiful, encouraging us to wander out further than we would normally. The problem is; so long as we have sand underfoot or aren’t in deep water we feel we’re safe.
The few inches of water we’re in or stretch of beach we’re on can change rapidly. When the tide comes in, it does so quickly, deepening the water and potentially cutting us off.
The incoming tide can also create strong currents which can carry us away from where we’d like to be.
Piff. I’d Notice the Tide Coming In – It’s Slow
The tides are not slow – it needs repeating.
It really does happen quicker than people think. According to Geoff Needham, spokesman for Hunstanton RNLI the tide “comes in at a hell of a rate of knots” literally “sweeping” people off their feet.
So, please be careful!
The Ocean Needs Respecting
We all need a healthy respect for the ocean, and the tides. Although we think we know it, it’s crucial to remember the ocean isn’t always safe.
BUT – by paying attention following some simple rules there’s no reason for you or your family to have anything except a great trip to the beach.
- Don’t venture out too far – even if it looks inviting
- If you must venture out – make sure others know where you’re heading
- Read up on local knowledge about beach danger areas (creeks and gullies that fill quickly with the tides etc)
- If you’re cut off don’t try and swim back – call for help
- Try not to panic if you’re in trouble
- Be aware that spring tides are unpredictable
- Always check the local tide times and don’t ever assume
A good place to check tide times on the Web is https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/tide-times/
Although, if you’re at a lifeguarded beach you can always ask or look in a local shop for a tide table.
Now it’s Time to Take a North Norfolk Dip
Yes, it seems odd to promote a family break in Norfolk after this article. But, it should help you enjoy your holiday safely. That’s the point.
Since the 1930s Searles Leisure Resort, and Hunstanton’s wonderful sandy beach combined have been the jewel in North Norfolk’s holiday crown. Families return year after year – probably because they’re fun addicts. Come and join in.
At Searles there’s always a deal to be had too –
Thanks for reading!