Some of the great features of tidal culture are low tide walks. These are, as the name implies, walks that are done on intertidal areas when tides are low.
Any walk on a beach when the tide is out is a low tide walk and these have great pleasures in themselves.
There is a very obvious and literal way in which intertidal space feels new after the inundation of the previous high tide. On the sandy seaside beaches of Tenby and so many other resorts, the footprints, the sand graffiti, the sandcastles, even the litter of one day are obliterated by the tide to leave the beach pristine again on the morrow.
This cleaning of the marks of past occupation, and the knowledge that for a while at least this space was aquatic and deeply non-human, can make intertidal space feel fresh, new, and even spaces of rejuvenation and even euphoria. This feeling is captured in the novel Angus Grey by Anne Bronte
“My footsteps were the first to press the firm, unbroken sands; nothing before me had trampled them since last night’s flowing tide had obliterated the deepest marks of yesterday, and left it fair even, except where the subsiding water had left behind it the traces of dimpled pools and little running streams. [ ] Refreshed, delighted, invigorated, I walked along, forgetting all my cares, feeling as if I had wings on my feet [ ] and experienced a sense of exhilaration to which I had been an entire stranger since the days of early youth.”
But there are other ‘types’ of low tide walk which are a bit more of an adventure, which can often only be done on a few occasions each season, and/or are walks through potentially dangerous terrain, which need planning, research and, in some cases, guidance to undertake. It is these latter walks which we focus upon here.
Low Tide Walk #1
Low Tide Walk #1
Tenby; Pembrokeshire; UK.
This is really a series of walks between beaches and bays and even coastal villages, which can only be done a handful of times a year.