Chesil Beach (pebble heaven)

Chesil Beach is a long shingle beach sweeping dramatically south and east from West Bay to Portland along the Jurassic Coast. Pebbles along the beach grade gradually from pea size in the west to fist size in east and are washed clean of silts and sands. The uniformly sized, smoothly-polished, and rounded, multi-pastel-coloured pebbles of flint, chert, and quartzite are lovely but loose underfoot and walking the beach for any distance can be strenuous.  It is above all an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky, its dominant sound always that of waves on moving stone: from the great surf and pounding “grounds of seas” of sou’westers, to the delicate laps and back- gurgling of the rare dead calm…. John Fowles Inland from the beach, pasture, broken by groves of wind-trained trees provide a soft backdrop to the sometimes 15 meter high pile of shingle stepping down to the sea. The nearby villages of Abbotsbury and Portesham are quaint and picturesque.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
by David E. Moon
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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Chesil Beach (pebble heaven)

Chesil Beach is a long shingle beach sweeping dramatically south and east from West Bay to Portland along the Jurassic Coast. Pebbles along the beach grade gradually from pea size in the west to fist size in east and are washed clean of silts and sands. The uniformly sized, smoothly- polished, and rounded, multi-pastel-coloured pebbles of flint, chert, and quartzite are lovely but loose underfoot and walking the beach for any distance can be strenuous.  It is above all an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky, its dominant sound always that of waves on moving stone: from the great surf and pounding “grounds of seas” of sou’westers, to the delicate laps and back-gurg- ling of the rare dead calm…. John Fowles Inland from the beach, pasture, broken by groves of wind-trained trees provide a soft backdrop to the sometimes 15 meter high pile of shingle stepping down to the sea. The nearby villages of Abbotsbury and Portesham are quaint and picturesque.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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