It was one of those warm hazy days in April – with clouds rolling down from the top of Portland, mist rising up from the salt marsh at Ferry Bridge, and the sun mostly obscured – but nothing could detract from the magnificence of the huge shingle bank known as Chesil Beach. Chesil Cove marks the easternmost end of this massive pebble ridge and is home to the largest stones to be found along its entire length.
A substantial promenade makes it easy for people of all abilities to enjoy the view. Walking on the large pebbles of the seashore itself can be quite tiring over any distance. I guess the promenade is also a defence structure to protect from encroachment by the sea and the shingle.
Although overcast all day, the pictures in the slideshow (below) will give an idea of this spectacular place – although I found it quite difficult to do the scene justice because of its vast scale. However, in one of the photographs a cloud has cast a highlighting shadow across the ridges or terraces of the beach; you can see how high and broad they are from the size of the people walking, sitting or fishing on them.
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