Have you ever noticed how many pieces of knotted rope end up among the beach litter on the strandline? They come in all sorts of bright colours and combinations of colours. Their textures and weaves vary from the intricate and delicate to coarse and heavy. They range from less than an inch across to a foot or more in diameter. The picture above displays just a small selection that I picked up as I walked along Gower beaches this April. Knots are equally common on Jurassic Coast beaches too.
I would love to know what it is that fishermen and sailors do that results in these very short pieces of rope being tied into a knot then discarded. Can anyone tell me?
Here are some pictures showing a range of knots, just as I found them – curious and colourful – on the strandlines at Rhossili Bay and Whiteford Sands.
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