Chesil Beach is one of the glories of England’s coastline. The name derives from the Old English ‘ceosel’ or ‘cisel’, meaning “gravel” or “shingle”. It lies at the eastern end of what is known as the Jurassic Coast which stretches for many miles along the shores of Dorset and Devon on England’s southern coast. My Gallery this week displays a number of photographs which I took there 10 years ago.
Last week, on Thursday, 16th October, I featured my visit to this unique beach in Hastings, East Sussex, UK, from which fishing boats are launched directly into the sea. If you have not read my introduction and viewed the photographs on that particular blog, then I would advise you to visit it first in order to gain a clearer picture of this area’s history and current function. Click on this link to do that . . . Hastings – The Stade #1 . My photographs below were taken as I wandered around the beached fishing fleet, showing the boats, some now hardly seaworthy, but the majority still working boats plying their trade in the waters of the English Channel from the Stade Beach in Hastings.
A photographic trip today to England’s delightful off-shore Isle of Wight, set, at its shortest distance, just 3 miles off the southern coast in the English Channel. In size, the island is approximately 25 by 13 miles, and had a population in 2010 of 140,500. The photographs below were taken by me some while ago – during the lovely summer of 2003.
The island is known particularly for its beaches and seafront promenades such as those at Ryde, Shanklin, Sandown and south-facing Ventnor. Dinosaur remains and fossils have been found in several areas. At the island’s westernmost point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, with a nearby 19th-century lighthouse positioned to warn approaching shipping.
Alum Bay … The cliff chair lift sets off for the beach
. . . approaching the cliff top
. . . descending to the beach
. . . where it ends on a jetty extending into the sea.
The Needles from the cliffs above Alum Bay
A closer view of The Needles and the Lighthouse
The Beach and Battery Inn at Seaview on the island’s East Coast
Outside the Battery Inn
Seafront chalets at Puckpool near Ryde
The axeman earns his keep at the Waxworks at Brading – now, I believe, closed.
Queen Victoria’s holiday escape – Osborne House on the island’s east coast.
View from Osborne House eastwards to the Solent
On the south-facing beach at Ventnor
Blackgang Chine – an area subject to frequent coastal erosion.