Tollesbury Waterside, Essex, England
On the sea wall at Tollesbury looking over the salt marshes towards Tollesbury Fleet and Old Hall Marsh.
Salt marshes such as these support a diverse range of plants which can tolerate high salt concentrations. These can produce large areas of colour in the summer such as areas of pink Thrift and drifts of purple Sea Lavender.
|More of the marshes
Tollesbury marina is a tidal harbour with access for about 2 hours either side of high water depending on the state of the tide, weather conditions and your boat. It is open to visiting boats for a daily fee.
We have been for a walk on the sea wall starting from this viewpoint on the south side of Tollesbury Marina going as far as Shinglehead Point (See link below). There appears to be shingle underlying the marshes here and a short way from the sea wall, on the seaward side, is a large shingle bank. You would need to go at low tide to see this as it is mostly covered at high tide.
|The walk to Shinglehead Point
Woodrolfe Creek - the main channel through the marshes and into the Marina at low tide.
You can see on the depth marker that the water attains a maximum depth of about 10 feet ( 1.6 fathoms).
The white bird to the left of the post is an Egret and the one in the middle of the channel is a Lesser Black-backed Gull.
|Aerial view of the Waterside
The open air swimming pool.
Built during the late 1800's, the Old Sail Lofts were used to store the sails from the 'J' class racing yachts in the winter months.
|High tide view.