The Chesil was a bit angry today….

On a day when (to quote from a comment to Lewis) "…it almost seems like I live IN the sea, not near it…" – we went over the causeway to Portland to look at the Chesil Bank – at Chesil Cove, the eastern end of a long ridge of pebbles running along most of the length of the Dorset Jurassic Coast, and the scene of many shipwrecks throughout the centuries.  It wasn’t really sensible to go up onto the sea wall at high tide, too dangerous, so this was taken at low tide, when the storm had almost abated !  I naturally didn’t use my ‘best camera’ – just the almost-unbreakable almost-waterproof one. I can still taste the salt in my moustache, many hours later, so the ‘bracing but salty’ air wouldn’t have done the good camera any favours…

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For more pictures (adding over the next few days) click on the ‘more’ below, and click on each picture for a higher resolution image – and a much better view…

Even the sun was hiding…

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The small specks on the rocks (in the distance) are little wooden day-chalets 🙂

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This is a wider angle version of the first picture, looking north-west along the Chesil, towards Abbotsbury

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(more may be added…)

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3 Responses to The Chesil was a bit angry today….

  1. Lewis Pelham says:

    Dramatic indeed.
    I spent last week with my old mother whose house is on the seafront of a Welsh seaside resort. (another oxymoron?).
    The sound of the waves breaking on the pebble beach prevented me from sleeping. The noise during the last couple of nights must have been beyond belief…good thing that the old dear is deaf.
    An old pal (a drummer) lives just down the road near Hartland Point. His cottage literally dangles over the edge of a 400 foot cliff…the first thing in England to be hit by westerly winds after they have been accelerating across the Atlantic is Brian’s cottage. His bed actually shakes from the force of waves hitting the cliff below.
    Visit him in summer & his house seems an idyll….for 362 days of the year it is a nightmare.

  2. alan says:

    Yes, the Chesil constantly ‘moves’ because of the action of the tide on the pebbles, the noise is like permanent slow-motion sawing, and the pebble/cobble size varies along it’s length because of tidal ‘sorting’. It is said that (in pitch black darkness), the old fishermen could tell where they were along the coast by feeling the size of the pebbles.

    That section of beach (?) is where all the driftwood normally ends up, but, because of yesterdays ‘undertow’ (which has killed a few unwary visitors) it has suddenly all vanished ! Were it not for the huge concrete sea-walls that you can see in the bottom corner of couple of pictures, there would have been massive flooding. I have a huge respect for that place.

  3. carla says:

    Yes the anti-flooding sea defences seem to be working well. Before they were installed, the road, especially Victoria Square always got closed with bad weather when the sea got too bad.

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