Yesterday we decided to go exploring. Some friends had mentioned a beach by Hillside Road, off Nore Rd in Portishead. I remembered seeing one several years ago from the coastal path, but wasn’t sure how to access it from the road. So together with some friends we packed up the car with a picnic and buckets and spades, hoping to find somewhere for our children to let off steam for an hour or two.
We found an access point just to the left of the picture with the bench in the foreground.
The walk to the beach is only a matter of a few yards but the entrance is fairly steep and muddy. I wouldn’t want to attempt it with a pushchair, very young children or any mobility problems, but our children aged between 3 and 8 bounded down the muddy slope and then, after a moment of contemplation, us Mums attempted it somewhat more cautiously!
The beach itself is quite large. To the right were some flat rocks which we spread our picnic rugs on and set up base. After a couple of guidelines for the children about not going down to the mud towards the shore line, avoiding overhanging rocks and staying within our sight, all four children went off to play. Out came flasks of tea and coffee and J and I had plenty of time for a catch up while the children amused themselves. We had a great view of ships in the channel and if you squinted a bit you could almost imagine the water was blue like the sky!
The children played independently. They enjoyed rockclimbing, throwing pebbles, inventing in an imaginary ship, hide and seek and playing with sticks. There was nobody else on the beach all the time we were there.
Apart from a couple of gentle reminders to throw pebbles well away from eachother and not to wander off too far, they played happily all afternoon.
We had brought a couple of flasks and several drinks for the children. It turned into a very warm day so once we ran out of fluids after about five hours, we decided it was time to call it a day! There are no facilities on the beach, so we collected up any rubbish from our picnic in a nappy sack and took it home with us.
I found the route back up the slope a little easier and the children rushed on ahead with no problems.
We hadn’t really known what to expect, but the amazing weather and the pleasure our children found in just being left to their own devices, made it a very pleasant and stress free escape – without even leaving Portishead.
Drive up Nore Road nearly to the top and turn right into Hillside Road. Follow the road round until you reach the picnic bench where the road is about to start going up hill. The access point to the beach is via the lane just beyond the picnic bench on the right hand side.