My Sunday Photo influenced our week. Whilst browsing through last week’s selection, I was inspired by AFTER THE RAIN COMES SUNSHINE’s post about what to do at Horsey Gap to visit for ourselves. Half term saw us visiting my parents in Norfolk and whilst we have often been to Horsey and even seen seals bobbing around in the sea, we have never seen them all on the beach during the autumn pupping season.
My Mother warned us that we would not be allowed to walk along the beach and indeed we wouldn’t if any pups had been born but although the sign pointed us along an inland path the gap through to the beach was not blocked and so we ventured down. A very nice lady from the FRIENDS OF HORSEY SEALS was on the beach and told us where to find the seals and not to get too close as it might upset them and they give a nasty bite! As soon as we could see the sea it was possible to see loads of seals frolicking in the waves but none on the beach. A couple of miles further on was the site for the ‘haul-out’, as the area where seals gather is called, and there we found masses of seals. Some of the younger ones were playing/fighting in the shallow water whilst the pregnant females lay patiently waiting. It was one of those occasions when I wished that I had a fancy camera!
On the way back we took the inland path that all visitors to the Horsey Gap have to take in a couple of weeks time when pupping starts. Viewing platforms are built in the dunes, so we were really lucky to be able to get so close to the seals. Walking back we saw one of the many World War II concrete defences that litter the East Anglian countryside. The reinforced concrete has begun to decay but the view looking through the pillbox was too fine a frame to resist taking this snap of the Junior CW’s.
Horsey Gap is beautiful at any time of year, with or without seals. It is has a sandy beach that begs to have sandcastles made on it. Don’t expect ‘facilities’, this is the remote Norfolk coast so bring a picnic or do as we did and have a tasty bacon bap from the JT’s caravan in the car park.