The beach in winter

Saunton Sands, February 2015

The beach isn’t just for the summer. In fact, I almost prefer it in the winter, when it is empty except for the surfers and a few families, when there are heaps of new rock pools to explore, when the children can run undisturbed for miles. That’s just what we did last weekend. It was chilly but the sun was shining brightly, and so we headed to Saunton Sands.

Saunton Sands, February 2015

It’s been a while since Max last went to the beach – he was certainly a lot smaller, only just finding his feet and more interested in eating the sand than exploring. This time was totally different – he put one foot on the sand, caught sight of the sea and ran, shouting and screaming with excitement. It was lovely to watch.

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Saunton Sands, February 2015

In fact, all the children ran straight for the sea. They seem to have a real fascination with water, and the sea is no exception. Despite the fact that it was freezing cold, they hurtled straight in, well over the tops of their wellies, and were drenched within seconds. But the look on their faces was well worth it!

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Once they had tipped the ocean from their boots, we headed off to explore the rock pools. Saunton has a gorgeous cliff line, and there are so many areas to explore. Gemma and Jacob went clambering all over the highest rocks, collecting shells and looking for crabs, while Max stayed nearer the shallow pools, paddling, splashing and finding his own treasures.

Saunton Sands, February 2015

Once the rock pools had been exhausted, another paddle in the sea had been completed and the clock was inching towards lunchtime, we started to head back up the beach towards the car park. We found some sticks on the way, and all 3 children spent a while drawing some pictures and writing their names – or in Max’s case just running along dragging a stick behind him!

We ate some chips and headed home – there were some tired children in the car! Amazing what sea air can do…..

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  1. February 20, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time. My children love the beach though I have to admit we haven’t been for a while. It’s great to see the kids having fun outside no matter what the weather is like.
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  2. February 20, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to the beach in winter but I see so many photos of people local to the beach enjoying it all year round. Really must have a winter beach visit! x
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  3. February 21, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I’m with you – love the beach in winter. I do like my flip flops though but the emptiness of the beaches is such an appeal on a cold sunny day. Love that they all got wet! 🙂
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  4. February 21, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I live near the beach and like you I love it when its not so congested. Theres just so much space to explore like this trip of yours =) #countrykids
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  5. February 21, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    I still haven’t been to the beach we walked alongside it yesterday and I had every intention of going on – but I forgot the littlest ones wellies! Looks like you all had an amazing time!
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  6. February 22, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    We’ve just come back from Margate over half term, and like you often visit the beach in winter, I prefer it too (my partner and the kids prefer summer, but then I don’t like people too much). – cheekily I have blogs gong up from tomorrow about our beach visits 🙂
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  7. February 24, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Totally gorgeous pictures! I think you are so right, the beach isn’t just for the Summer. I really wish we had one closer to home so we could enjoy the pleasures of an almost empty beach.
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  8. February 24, 2015 / 9:34 am

    So so gorgeous Kate. I think I love beach shots the most. Looks absolutely perfect. Plus I need that hat- the animal one, that is cute overload xx
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  9. February 24, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures hon, I especially love the shot of the water coming out of the blue welly!xx
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  10. February 24, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    I love wrapping up and spending the day on the beach in the winter. Its quiet and there’s lots of things to find on the beach. These are gorgeous photos.
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  11. February 24, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    An empty beach is simply bliss isn’t it. What a wonderful day out with such lovely pictures

  12. Fiona Louise McGlone
    February 25, 2015 / 10:49 am

    An empty quiet beach is something of a rare thing….you all looked like you had so much fun…beautiful photos.

  13. Mia Vine
    February 26, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    great pictures, i love visiting the beach in winter, usually deserted, and blows the cobwebs away 🙂

  14. Isabella Wright
    February 28, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Wow amazing pics! I love photography <3

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