|First parking Bay at Noses Point Dawdon / Seaham.|
Low tide was around 7-30 am .. it was now 9-30am.
As you can see by the windsocks the wind and rain were strong.
I had often wondered where the access was to the Chemical Beach.
I had looked on Google earth and noticed a track down but over the fence.
During a visit to the Blast Beach a few days earlier, I had a look at the Chemical Beach from above only , but knew I would be back soon.The weather was terrible and so was the access to be honest.
Down a slippy grass bank it was, with the wear of use, creating a makeshift set of steps, but thanks to the rain the track needed caution.
The track ends at some large irregular shaped sea defence rocks. In the dry these would be a challenge with odd angles and big drop in between them, in the wet it was a crawl, a jump, a bum slide and a clamber to cross the dark wet rocks to gain access to beach No.55 for the year. During my search for a track to the beach in the last few days, I came to realise this was the beach that the lifeboat George Elmy was washed back to shore in 1962 after the tragic events of the disaster.
I cannot do the story justice, so see here
The George Elmy 1962
|First thing I did was lift my cap to the memories of all 9 of those lost in 1962. The view above is South.|
|The incoming tide was rough.|
|I love the old timbers.|
|Looking North towards Seaham Harbour.|
|Very little glass on this Beach, so trying your luck on the access route isn't worth it if it's Seaham glass you want.|