This is the beach where the famous opening scene was filmed for the 1981 Chariots of Fire movie: West Sands in St Andrews, Scotland
There is still a plaque here, commemorating the film. West Sands was used to portray Broadstairs in Kent, where the runners actually ran.
It’s a lovely stretch of wild sandy beach and on the day we went, fairly deserted. It was late July and though not raining, there was a strong breeze, which I think there always is!
There were many birds in this small river inlet to the sea; mostly seagulls, but also a few dark birds.
It’s hard to see exactly what they are, but some of the dark birds had white on them.
As I’ve mentioned before, my little Canon camera really battles to take a clear picture in dim lighting; the photo is grainy and pixelated.
And just to prove I was here; here I am – wind-swept and freezing!
Instead of the well-known opening clip from the Chariots of Fire movie, with the lads jogging along the beach (also looking wind-swept and freezing!) here’s the comedic genius of Rowan Atkinson showing them a thing or two at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
After being blown to bits on the beach (which I find refreshing; plenty of oxygen!) we went for sustenance at a lovely little hidden away cafe and had the best scones ever!
There was a choice of the most delicious fillings such as fresh fruit, all with great names, like the Prince of Wales etc
I just had a plain one, with butter, jam and clotted cream, but it was scrumptious and basically, that was my lunch!