Emsworth, Hampshire

I lived in Emsworth for 5 months while I prepared to row the Atlantic. I loved it. But it seems to have shrunk while I’ve been away. Or maybe my world has got bigger.

The wine bar has closed. The local boat heritage project has finished. The Emsworth Food Festival has been and gone. But not much has changed.

In a way, this is reassuring. There will always be an Emsworth, and I suspect it will always be a remarkably unchanged one. But if I lived here full-time I think it would drive me crazy.

[Photo: Emsworth swans]

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