The lady we spoke to on the beach told us that the tips of these posts are exposed during many winters but that in all her years she had never seen this much of the posts showing. They are presumably some sort of groyne though it is rare to see one parallel with the beach rather than perpendicular to it.
We had gone up to Westward Ho! after somebody had reported on the BBC website that the beach had lost “3 feet” of sand after the last Atlantic storm and was showing exposed bedrock. This turned out to be something of an exaggeration as the “bedrock” turned out to be dark mud, doing a remarkably good impression of rock it might be granted.
There were more rocks and pebbles on the beach than normal though; this will prove an obstacle to the sand yachters and kite buggy riders who love this beach.
I seem to be having a bit of black and white theme going on at the moment. There are more to come I’m afraid.