Country diary: our evening walk is serenaded by the curlew’s vibrato cry

Country diary: our evening walk is serenaded by the curlew’s vibrato cry

Langstone, Hampshire: Many species of wader feed at night, and although we can’t see them, we know we are surrounded

Prior to the construction of a wooden bridge in 1825, the precursor to the present-day concrete structure, the only land link from Langstone to Hayling Island was via a causeway exposed at low tide. One evening, we decided to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, and struck out along this route, which is three-quarters of a mile long and known locally as the Wadeway.

Archaeological investigations carried out in 2005-06 determined that the hard-surfaced track is medieval in date and was probably laid during the early to mid-14th century, most likely in response to sea-level rises and storm surges.

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