The beach at Portobello is brownish, gritty sand – comfortable enough to lie out on in the sun, and excellent for building sandcastles. It is so frequently trodden – city beach – that above the high tide mark, I don’t recall ever seeing it smooth.
The sea wall is high above the beach, and there are cobbled ramps down to the sand.
This photo is available on Redbubble: Ramp down to the beach.
Well, right enough: in places along the Promenade the seawall isn’t very high above the beach. Here by Fun Park it’s low enough to be scrambled over:
though in other places, it’s high enough that the ramps are essential:
and in yet others, it’s just in between:
One thing I always remember: I used to look at photos of beaches above the high tide mark, photos of what you could easily see was loose dry sand, but it was unmarked and smooth. And I’d wonder whether those beaches could really be real, because my own internal picture of “beach” was firmly set to sand like this: