Just out of the car park and our path headed down the side of Chidmere Pond, a fairly substantial looking body of water that was rather disappointingly shielded from view by a line of trees. My guess is that this is probably private fishing water and the fishermen want a bit of privacy. At the other end of the lake we had our first encounter with sticky mud – it would be by no means the last of the day. The brief encounter was enough though to put us off taking a look inside the rather pleasant looking church at the other end of the path. We did linger to take a look around the churchyard however – it looked like a very peaceful place to spend eternity.
Our onward path headed along a field boundary where we caught a blast of icy north wind coming straight into our faces. It was a relief to face away from it when we turned direction towards the coast but then had to negotiate yet more mud along the path. Worse was to follow when we got to the low sea wall that protects the Chidham Peninsula as we had to cross what could only be described as a bog. Thankfully when we got to the shore we could walk along the beach and this was relatively easy going.
Every now and again we would have to swap between the beach and the sea wall as the going wasn’t that easy. Some stretches of the beach weren’t that easy to walk along but the top of the sea wall was intermittent with muddy stretches too. If the weather hadn’t been so glorious this would have been a fairly unpleasant walk but as it was it just made for an unwelcome distraction.