Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 07/10/2015

Photo taken on May  1, 2012

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Beware The Doom Bar

Beware The Doom Bar
For centuries the entrance to the Camel Estuary on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, must have been a beckoning finger for tired mariners seeking a safe haven on that cliff edged coast. Seeing it as that top photo shows, there is peace all round but, looking at the lower one, all is not as it seems. Lurking just below those calm waves is a shifting sandbank, its leading edge known as The Doom Bar which shows here as those gentle waves crash on its shallow edge. As the tide recedes, that sand extends further and further across the bay until there is just a narrow strip of water to the right, Furthermore, that bank needs local knowledge as it does alter quite a lot. In fact, the first lifeboat station to be built for Padstow was in that bay off to the left beyond the nearer bush. It must have been suitable then but is obviously not so today (in fact they had to build a new one in a completely different place 3 miles away on Trevose Head)

The top shot is borrowed from my wife who used a Canon Ixus 970 IS whilst the lower was my Canon 50D. They are a year apart on different visits - top May 2012, lower May 2011.