Posted 16 August 2013 by Andrew Gardner
I hope you've been able to make the most of all the perfect beach weather we've been having. Many of our gorgeous Sussex holiday cottages are within an ace of the sea, while others are perfectly situated for the shady lanes and villages during the heat of day and perhaps a stroll to the beach once it cools down a bit.
Please take a moment to check the tide tables if you're planning to go to the beach, too. Just recently, three men had to be rescued after being stranded on a sandbank at West Wittering by the incoming tide. They walked out at low tide, got cut off and tried to swim back but got into difficulties and while one was taken by road ambulance to the nearest hospital, the other two lost consciousness and needed the air ambulance. These beautiful Sussex beaches are here to be enjoyed, but please keep your eyes open - the tide can come in very quickly in some places and it's so easy to lose track of time. The other danger is undertow, which can be so deceptive in a calm sea.
Sussex is renowned for its beautiful beaches and they're relatively safe, but it's still easy to forget what the tide can do - and how that wide, sweeping beach can change, sometimes within moments. Last month I visited what I'd previously thought was a small harbour because the only other time I'd seen it was during a winter storm when the tide was high and waves were crashing against the strand. Imagine my surprise on arriving at low tide on a beautiful day to find a beach large enough for a section to be flagged off for surfing and dog-walkers giving their pooches a really good run along the sand without disturbing all the happy families and rock-pooling children.
Judging by the crowds on Brighton beach we're all making the most of the sun - unless those photos splashed on the newspapers were just the whole city doing a fire drill!. I bet there are some brilliant sandcastles being built (though not at Brighton, as it's pebbly) in fact, I challenge you to build a replica of Bodiam. That should keep the kids busy.