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You don’t have to be mad

Pictture by Justene

Pictture by Justene

You don’t have to be mad to go surfing in the English Chanel at Kimmeridge in one of the coldest Januarys in recent years, but it probably helps.

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Picture by John Wesley Barker

Picture by John Wesley Barker

Chapman’s Pool, south west of Worth Matravers and east of Kimmeridge, is something of an idyllic place, partly because few folk actually descend to it, and excepting the fisherman’s sheds there is nothing there.

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Fossil Forest

Fossil Forest by Gillie

Fossil Forest by Gillie

The fossil forest between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge was formed around 150 million years ago when rising sea levels flooded the forest that covered the area. The round large fossils are fossilised rings of algae that grew around the rotting tree trunks.

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Clavell Tower

Clavells Tower by Dauvit Alexander

The Clavell Tower by Dauvit Alexander

Clavell Tower is a folly built in 1830 by Rev. John Richards Clavell of Smedmore House. It lies on the top of Hen Cliff just east of Kimmeridge Bay. This picture was taken before the tower was taken apart and reconstructed 25 metres from the original to prevent it from falling into the sea.

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Kimmeridge Oil

Kimmeridge Oil by Graeme Churchard

Kimmeridge Oil by Graeme Churchard

On the cliff above Kimmeridge Bay is the BP “nodding donkey” oil pump which has been pumping continually since the late 1950s, making it the oldest working oil pump in the world.

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