SY5485 : Slope and Stones of Chesil Beach near East Bexington, Dorset

taken 4 years ago, near to West Bexington, Dorset, Great Britain

Slope and Stones of Chesil Beach near East Bexington, Dorset
Slope and Stones of Chesil Beach near East Bexington, Dorset
Chesil Beach is a steeply sloping bank of shingle which stretches for 18 miles from Bridport in the west to Chiswell in the East. It was formed by storm waves carrying pebbles in the prevailing southwesterly direction until they were deposited against the barrier provided by the Isle of Portland. Larger pebbles travelled furthest, and at the Portland end, where the beach reaches a height of 18m, these are the size of oranges. The stones then become smaller until they are pea-sized at the western end. According to local folklore, a fisherman could tell in the mist what part of the beach he had landed on from the size of the pebbles.

The beach is no longer growing; it is believed that the construction of the harbour at Bridport has prevented further stones from being deposited.

I have also uploaded long distance views down the beach from here, at SY5485 : Chesil Beach waterline looking eastward, near East Bexington Farm, Dorset and SY5485 : Chesil Beach waterline looking westward, near East Bexington Farm, Dorset, and a close-up of some of these wet stones which are very colourful at SY5485 : Pebbles from Chesil Beach, near East Bexington, Dorset.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5461 8537 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:39.9732N 2:38.6166W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5460 8538
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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