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Chesil Cove

Picture by Andrea

Picture by Andrea

Sunset at Chesil Cove, Portland. Its said ship wrecked sailors know where they are as the stones on the beach change starting here with large stones going down to almost sand at West bay

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Longshore Drift

Picture by Jean-François Mercure

Picture by Jean-François Mercure

As demonstrated here on the Chesil Beach, Longshore Drift is where waves approach the coastline at an angle, when they break their swash pushes beach material up the beach at the same angle. The backwash then drags the material down the beach perpendicular (at a 90° angle) to the shore, following the line of the steepest gradient.

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Picture by Wapster

Picture by Wapster

Perched on the sea wall at Chiswell in Portland. On Winter days you can relax in front of the open fire at the The Cove House Inn and watch the stormy seas pound Chesil Beach.

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Picture by tricksydicksy

Picture by tricksydicksy

This is all that is left of the Moonfleet church featured in J. Meade Falkner novel, lying close to the lagoon, it suffered badly as the sea came crashing over the Chesil Bank on 24 November 1824. The nave of the old church was completely demolished. All that remains today is a tiny church, with a few gravestones in the churchyard.

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Picture by Suzie

Picture by Suzie

This is not the Moonfleet church featured in J. Meade Falkner novel as that was destroyed on On 24 November 1824 when strong winds and a storm surge caused waves to breach Chesil Beach.  Building began a quarter of a mile further inland in 1826 and was completed in 1829. The new church was dedicated to the Holy Trinity in a ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Bristol later in 1829

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Chesil’s End

Picture by Matthew Bache

Picture by Matthew Bache

This view looking West over the harbour mouth at West Bay shows how the work’s of man effectivly terminate the great sweep of the Chesil Beach by stopping the natural long shore drift of the pebbles as you travel west from Portland.

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A growing number of people around the UK are recognising the need to change their lifestyles – to use fewer resources and create less waste. This is the first of a series of films showing how some motivated people from West Dorset are bringing their communities together and inspiring others to recycle, use fewer resources and use alternative sources of power and building materials.

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