The middle weekend of September we headed off to Wave Runners KC Show with plans to stay at nearby Bracklesham Bay. We opted for a dog friendly chalet booked through Waves Chalet Rental which we found on the Dog Friendly website.
We set off on Friday morning with a stop off for lunch at the lovely Black Rabbit pub near Arundel.
The food was really good and the pub is set right on the banks of the River Arun. After lunch we walked from the back of the pub car park up along the river to the next village with great South Downs views in all directions.
The River Arun (View from the Black Rabbit)
View back towards Arundel Castle
The Black Rabbit
The South Downs
South Stoke village
We made it to Bracklesham Bay late afternoon just in time for it to tip with rain so we relaxed in the chalet for a few hours until it brightened up. The sun was low in the sky when we headed out to explore. The beach was only 5 minutes walk and another 10 minutes or so east along the seafront we were into RSPB Medmerry Reserve (One of the RSPB's newest reserves)
Bracklesham Bay at dusk
The girls had great fun at the show over the weekend. They had 7 clear rounds between them and Jazz won into Grade 4 on the Sunday. We had a nail biting hour or so to wait as we ran early while we kept our fingers crossed that we held onto the lead!
Our 3rd place run on Saturday
Jazz winning into G4!
We finshed quite early at the show so as the weather was still reasonable we headed off to West Wittering Beach. The parking is quite expensive if you are just stopping for a short while but it is worth it if you are planning a day out. There are a few dog restrictions in summer but during the winter dogs are allowed on the whole beach. Be aware though that the tide comes in really fast.
Lovely sand as far as you can see!
Moody sky but the weather did hold!
The flooded path!
After a spot of lunch we headed round to Pagham itself and had another short walk on the opposite side of the reserve before heading back home.
Little Egret in flight
A flock of Redshanks
On the following weekend we headed down to Nedlo Agility near Romsey in Hampshire for the last show of our summer season. We were in the 25 day overlap period after our win so we couldn't go up another grade at this point. The plan was just to relax and enjoy the day, no pressure.
Jazz was on great form and as if to prove we were ready for the next grade went clear in all of her runs. We ended up with a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd and a 7th. What a superstar!