Imagine. High azure skies, a solitary gull gazing out to sea and the sound of pebbles shifting timelessly on a sandstone shore.
Waves. A sultry, caressing breeze and perhaps the fleeting sense of another world.
This is Fleswick Bay.
I have kept this place a secret ever since I first discovered its almost sacred peace decades ago by following an instinctive feeling that I needed to go there.
And I have returned on many, many occasions since, each time to recapture that first sense of utter contentment that one can find in its natural sandstone amphitheatre. It feels safe, backed by high sandstone cliffs, facing out to sea.
But it's not as simple as that.
Here it seems as though there is no time. Time has almost ceased to exist. The sea moves here as if in slow motion, the tide ebbs and flows with a rhythm that soothes and calms. It is a place to rebalance, to refresh and to begin again.
Each time I go there it is surreal. Anything can happen there and probably everything has at some point, or it will.
It is rare to find another soul there. It is good to go there alone if that feels right. It is also good to share the visit with someone - but only someone special - and at the right time, for this is a spiritual place and spiritual journeys are all about timing, being in the right place at the right moment and with the right person.
On one occasion when I shared the visit with my own someone special, we could see two tiny figures sitting on a rock at the far end of the Bay. We made our way along the pebbly beach, no need to hurry, it makes no sense here. As we approached the figures, we realised that it was the actor Tom Conti together with a companion, no doubt someone he knew would appreciate these special surroundings. It was no surprise to find him there, Fleswick Bay is that kind of place. Reality overlaps here with fantasy and a dreamlike quality pervades. We exchanged greetings but we did not invade their space, acknowledging that they too were here for their own personal experience.
Fleswick Bay is a mind expanding, soul uplifting place.
If I had kept it a secret for all those years, well then now the secret is out. I am at that time in my life when I don't mind too much letting go and allowing another seeker of comfort and peace to find themselves there.
Where exactly is it?
Well, when the time is right....you'll know...
High azure skies, reflections of the sea,
Oh Fleswick Bay! Your spirit sets me free.
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