*PETRIFIED FOREST AND ROCK POOLS
It's not your conventional beach, either. When the tide is in, there's just a shingle strand, with occasional glimpses of sand, but when the tide is out, it's magical. Not only is there acres of sand exposed, which Aggie loves to run on, but there are numerous rock pools and ... a sunken forest.
Stretching for 2 kilometers along the shore it's thought to be around 6000 years old. *However, some erroneously call it petrified but this would mean that the trees had turned to stone, which they haven't as you can poke your finger in the timber. Oak, birch and hazel have been identified and hazelnuts that have been found can be carbon-dated to 5,200BC. Small and large mammals roamed through the forest and evidence of burning suggests that there was some deliberate management of the woodland.
Most of the trees are flat but there is one group, not far off shore, that is quite distinctive, not just because it is visible in all but the highest tides but because it featured in a famous pop video. The much missed David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes video was filmed right here at Pett Level. Towards the end of the film, he's being berated by an old lady and as they walk along the beach the gnarled wooden fingers appear in shot.