The beach between Charmouth and Lyme Regis can only be accessed at low tide. Consequently, it is to me a place of great mystery and wonder.
I had visited the beach for sunset but was so entranced by what happened afterwards that I found it extremely difficult to leave. The sun had set behind The Cobb in Lyme Regis, watched by many onlookers. However, as the evening progressed the colours grew in intensity. On the horizon, a vermillion band reached out while above it a zaffre sky descended. The incoming tide began to create shallow pools around me, reflecting the twilight. It was then that Venus, the ‘Evening Star’, rose behind The Cobb, a brilliant light in the sky.
Seldom have I seen a vista as pure and flawless as this. It took me a long while before I felt I could walk away and even then I spent much of the walk looking back over my shoulder.