I wasn't sure whether the tide was coming in or going out when I started on my beach hike, so I kept a close eye on the sea. When I saw that it was coming in I turned back, as I had no intention of having to wade. I did have a bit of a hard time with this rock face, as the sea was already ankle deep next to it when I reached it. The barnacles gave me a good grip on the otherwise smooth surface - you can see from them how high the water usually reaches at high tide - and I was able to step on submerged rocks to get past it and only had to put each foot once in the water. However, I had laced my hiking boots on so tight that only my ankles got wet and not my feet.