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The Castlepoint Lighthouse

I arrived at Castlepoint to spend the night with my sister Diana and her husband Mike.

They had rented nice waterfront bach near the "harbor".

It had a great view of the water and Castlepoint Lighthouse.

After a cup of tea we set off in strong winds, to climb to the lighthouse.

To get to the lighthouse we had to cross the "harbor", which consisted of a flat sandy area which was regularly overrun by the tide.

 This flat area was home to fishing boats.  The sand was hardpacked so vehicles could easily drive over it.

Because the wind was "offshore" [that is it blew from the land onto the sea] the waves were quite small.  Here a larger wave spreads over the sand by the path upto the lighthouse.

This is the view looking back from the foot of the path up to the lighthouse.  In the distance is "Castle Hill",  the hill that gives Castlepoint its name. Five fishing boats are lined up.  I expect they are crayfish boats as they all have Hamilton Jet drive.  The only fishing boat that had Hamilton Drive in my experience was a crayfish boat.  They have great manouvrability.

The rocks by the path to the lighthouse are limestone as shown here.  They do look like a lava flow.  The limestone is on the top and there are other sedimentary rocks underneath.

The weathering on the rocks is most interesting.  It really does look like a lava flow.  

The path leads up past the lighthouse to the top.  On the left you can see the light sedimentary rock that lies under the limestone cap.

There are some big boulders lying in the sea below the track.  Great for fish and crabs.  The coast is known for its rock crayfish.  They are related to the lobsters of America, that are caught on their eastern seaboard.

The grey rock in the middle ground is eroding and will eventually reduce the land on which the lighthouse stands.

On the furtherest right you can see the cottage [bach] we are staying at.  The village of Castlepoint is quite large.

The strong winds were whistling around the windows of the lighthouse.  It was hard to stand up. I needed the rails as support. 

The sea is flat but not calm.  As the wind hits the water it ruffles the surface.  No waves are created, but the surface starts to reflect the strong wind.  See up on the right.  There is a dark patch of wind driven water.

From here you can see the whole of Castlepoint  Harbor and Castle Hill.  The boats have to be on trailers that have big fat wheels with big fat tyres for the sand.

The view from the top.  There is some soil that hasn't yet been blown away and a few plants that have tenacious roots.  The walkway is to protect these plants.

Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.

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