Pagham is a coastal village in the south of Sussex. My walk took me out of the village into agricultural and then flooded areas, before looping back along a sea defence wall. It will come as no surprise that there is a watery flavour to many of the signs I gathered.
5. Solar Water Heater
The wind vane gives the game away here, but the more interesting clue lies between two of the Velux windows on the roof. There’s a pair of solar panels for heating water. These are a strong sign you are looking at the south side of any building.
Can you spot one more clue to direction on the roof picture just above? Answer at the bottom.
4. Trees Mark the Water
Whenever we come across trees lining a watercourse, it is a good idea to pause and get to know the trees. By ‘get to know’, I don’t actually mean that we need to formally identify them by name. From a natural navigation perspective it is better to get to know these trees visually, so that we recognise their form elsewhere in the landscape. It is more important to recognise a tree as a sign of water than to know that you are looking at a willow, for example.
If we take minute to do this, it means we start to see the water, before we see the water.
In both the pictures below we are looking at trees lining large streams. It leaps out if we take the time to get to know them, but not if we don’t.
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