Sea glass studded beach named one of Britain’s ‘weirdest’ thanks to ‘zombies’

Our beach recommendations usually indicate they’ve got stunning clear waters or sandy beaches, but it seems there’s plenty of Brits who prefer the weird and wonderful.

And, it seems our island home is littered with bizarre beaches for those who like dark tourism.

One such beach in the North East has made headlines recently for how strange it is.

Seaham’s Vane Tempest Beach was named one of England’s most unusual beaches thanks to reports of… zombies. You read that right.

ChronicleLive reports that journalist Kevin Rushby wrote of the beach: "Vane Tempest beach is a short walk north of Seaham, a sand-and-shingle stretch backed by earthy cliffs. And there ends the normality.

"On any sunny morning you will spot zombies, lots of them, shuffling at a snail’s pace in aimless circles, eyes on the ground.

“Occasionally an oncoming wave will jerk them comically into life and they will prance, as if operated by an invisible puppet master, for a few seconds."

Now, fortunately – or perhaps unfortunately depending on whether you hoped to live in a dystopian post-capitalist fantasy – Kevin was being creative with his descriptions.

As it seems there are troops of people who slowly move across Vane Tempest beach at a seemingly shuffling pace, stretching their arms ahead of them.

But, they’re not zombies, but sea glass collectors.

Thanks to the areas industrial history broken glass from the local Candlish Bottleworks was often thrown into the ocean from the cliff.

Not a glowing environmental acclaim, but it does mean that Vane Tempest has one of the highest percentages of sea glass of any beach in the world.

And, plenty of people love to look for the tumbled pieces of sea glass that litter the beach.

Kevin added: "When approached they can be friendly, claiming to be hunting for glass beads, and not part of a zombie flesheater invasion.

“During the 19th century Seaham became a bottle-producing town, and for decades all the broken glass was dumped offshore.

"After years of rolling in the deep, the glass is transformed into beads and washed up, only to be pounced upon by collectors from all over the world (on my own visit I met visitors from Lithuania, New Zealand, Italy and Sunderland ).

"Once your eye is attuned, you can pick up a bead every few minutes: most common are clear glass nuggets, but blue and red are the most prized.

"It’s great fun and if you set the children on it, they’ll zombie-walk for hours without complaining."

A similar beach can be found in the United States off the coast of California.

Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is known for the colourful glass pieces that are mixed into the pebbles on the beach – thousands and thousands of red, green, blue and clear pieces of sea glass.

The glass beach used to be a rubbish dump, so the excessive amount of sea glass was formed from the broken bottles and jars thrown away by the locals.

Luckily, it has been cleared up since, but the glass beach remains studded with the tiny treasures that glitter in the sunlight.

Unlike Vane Tempest, however, it’s illegal to remove the glass from the Californian beach – so you won’t see any zombies.

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