Taffydil

By Taffydil

Chesil Beach

Back Blip. On the last day of our trip to Weymouth we drove across to Portland and stopped at the top of the hill to survey the impressive view of Chesil Beach. 

Some interesting facts about Chesil Beach taken from Wikipedia if you are interested ......

Chesil Beach in Dorset, southern England is one of three major shingle structures in Britain. Its name is derived from the Old English ceosel or cisel, meaning "gravel" or "shingle".
The beach is often identified as a tombolo, although research into the geomorphology of the area has revealed that it is in fact a barrier beach which has "rolled" landwards, joining the mainland with the Isle of Portland and giving the appearance of a tombolo. The shingle beach is 29 kilometres (18 mi) long, 200 metres (660 ft) wide and 15 metres (50 ft) high. The beach and The Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon,[4] are part of the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The beach curves sharply at the eastern end, near the village of Chiswell, and forms Chesil Cove against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, and this protects the low-lying village from flooding. It has been the scene of many shipwrecks and was named "Dead Man's Bay" by Thomas Hardy. Westwards the shingle forms a straight line along the coast, enclosing The Fleet. The beach provides shelter from the prevailing winds and waves for the town of Weymouth, Dorset and the village of Chiswell on Portland.
Before I had our daughters Mr W and I used to spend many a weekend hauling ourselves and our dive gear along that beach. Well worth the hard slog to see the amazing sea life along that stretch of coastline. A couple of wrecks were within a short swim and were teaming with life. From memory along that beach I've seen Pipe Fish, Blennies, Cod, Grey Trigger Fish, Red Mullet and Cuttle Fish and they are only the ones I know the names of. 

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