Chesil Beach - First Glimpse

After visiting West Bay (see previous post) we drove along the Jurassic coast that reveals views of Chesil Beach. We stopped off near Abbotsbury to briefly step out onto the pebble beach before continuing along the coastal route to the Isle of Portland where we viewed Chesil Beach from just outside The Heights Hotel.

Chesil Beach is 18 miles (28 kilometres) long and on average is 160 metres wide and rises to 12 metres in height.

It is a pebble and shingle tombolo connecting Portland to Abbotsbury and then continuing north-westwards to West Bay near Bridport.

It is the largest tombolo in the UK.

The pebbles are graded in size from fist-sized near Portland to pea-sized at Bridport.

The pebbles are mainly a mix of flint and chert, with some quartzite pebbles from Buddleigh Salterton.

The origin of the beach continues to be argued over with some proposing it is actually two beaches.

The stretch from West Bay to Abbotsbury appears to have different characteristics to the stretch from Abbotsbury to Portland.

Chesil Beach shelters Weymouth from the prevailing wind and waves and prevents the area being eroded by wave action.

Evidence suggests that Chesil Beach is no longer being replenished by natural means.

The beach forms part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, known as the Jurassic Coast.

Chesil Beach

Fishing on Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach from The Heights

Chesil Beach from The Heights

15 Comments CherryPie on Aug 8th 2019

Dabbling by the Pool

After lunch I stepped out for a quick walk along my local pathways. I didn’t take a camera with me, thinking that there would be nothing new of interest to photograph.

How wrong I was! The geese and ducks were flocking in a different area around Leegomery pools. The ducks in particular were wandering around my feet.

Luckily I had my iPhone to hand and was able to capture a few pictures of the scene.

I wonder if I will ever learn the lesson that I should always take my camera with me…

Whilst I was there (before extending my walk towards Apley woods) I investigated a turning on the T50 50 path that I wasn’t clear about. I have now got it sussed ;-)

Dabbling by the Pool

Dabbling by the Pool

Dabbling by the Pool

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West Bay

West Bay

From the end of the Jurassic Pier at West Bay, you can view the coast from South Devon to Portland in Dorset. Launch your boat at the West Bay Marina (Bridport Harbour). West Bay is a major gateway to the Jurassic Coast, which covers 95 miles of coast from Orcombe Rocks at Exmouth, Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. Sometimes known as the Dinosaur Coast, tourists throughout the World visit Dorset for fossil hunting in stunning coastal scenery. The famous sandstone East Cliff at West Bay, formed from Lower Jurassic Bridport Sands exposes 180 million years of history.

West Bay

4 Comments CherryPie on Aug 7th 2019

Walled Garden

After not quite making it to Attingham Park yesterday I was able to have an afternoon walk there today. I had been wavering in my intention, the weather was sunny with a few fluffy white clouds in the sky but it was rather windy. Was I in the mood for a windy walk?

Walled Garden

I had to smile as I was driving there. There was a sprinkling of rain which had not been in the weather forecast. It brightened up again until I stepped out on my walk. Then it started to spot with rain. I chose to carry on with the walk but walked quickly around the walled garden which is one of my favorite parts of Attingham. I wanted to finish my walk but I didn’t want to get caught in the rain. I had my umbrella but it would have been useless in the gusty wind.

View from a favourite bench

view from a favourite bench

View from a favourite bench

Walled garden behind me I was now under the cover of trees, walking along the ‘mile walk’, a pathway that I particularly enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a bench that had been removed several years ago had been reinstalled in a favourite place of mine to ’sit and rest a while’.

Selfie from a favourite bench

Riverside view

A bench with a riverside view

Despite the threat of rain I chose to ’sit and rest a while’ before continuing along the ‘mile walk’. As I emerged from under the trees the capricious grey cloud had passed by and the sun came out.

Deer heard

I couldn’t resit venturing into the deer park. I wasn’t disappointed. The deer were present rather than hiding in the far reaches of the parkland.

After my walk I was in need of refreshment so I stopped at the Mansion Coffee House for a cool drink. I was plagued by wasps so it wasn’t very relaxing!

Squirrel grazing

Whilst I was not quite enjoying my refreshing drink I was entertained by a squirrel that ventured under the tables in search of tasty morsels. I managed one quick photo and was lining up for a better (squirrel in focus shot) before a clueless youth exclaimed ‘Oh a Squirrel’ and stomped towards it only to be surprised that it disappeared rather quickly!

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Local Pathways

First thing this morning the sun was shining tempting me to visit Attingham Park for a walk in the woodlands. Before going out on any adventure I had to wait in for a routine maintenance visit scheduled between 8.30 and 13.30.

The maintenance man arrived at around 10 am, but for some reason a job that usually takes 15 to 20 minutes took almost an hour! By this time the sun had gone in an it was almost lunch time.

After lunch I decided that there was was not enough time to do Attingham Park justice so I chose to leave that visit for another day.

Earlier in the day my customised map for my local area (as inspired by Country Walking’s ‘Walk Every Path’) arrived.

This led to me revisiting a regular local walk to see how it had changed from my previous visit a few weeks ago. When I got to the pool views I sat and rested a while, watching the ducks, geese, seagulls and fish leaping out of the water.

Harrisa Salmon with Green Rice

Later in the day I was able to enjoy fine dining on the patio as the Waxing Crescent Moon came into view over our garden.

Waxing Crescent Moon

Waxing Crescent Moon

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The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.

Matthew 13:44

A Field of Flowers

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Lyme Regis boasts breathtaking scenery and a special mystique, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons. Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago.

An ancient town featured in the Domesday Book, Lyme Regis is home to a number of historical landmarks and educational attractions. The picturesque and tranquil Lyme Regis is a great place to discover a lot you didn’t know about the UK’s heritage.

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