The Geography Department




Purbeck  Chapman's Pool




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A new path is being laid down to Chapman's Pool.







Chapman's Pool, April 2007



Chapman's Pool

Chesil Beach - 1998 storms  August 2000  April 2006  April 2007

Corfe Castle


Durdle Door - April 2006  April 2007



Furzy Cliffs


Kimmeridge Bay


Lulworth Cove  Colchester VIth Form College AS Fieldwork Oct 2001

Lulworth Cove  4 April 2007 am.

Lulworth Cove  4 April 2007 pm.


Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks April 2006


Osmington Mills



Swanage beach and cliffs


West Bay harbour engineering works Feb 2004

West Bay harbour defence works, October 2004

West Bay, harbour and cliffs, August 2005

White Nothe April 2006




Dr Ian West's geology guide



A short walk along a well-defined footpath from the Renscombe Farm car park leads to a stile and view of Houns-tout Cliff.

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A massive landslip marks Houns-tout Cliff, here seen with other promontories along the coast. They are, Egmont Point (the seaward edge of the Tout itself), Broad Bench and Worbarrow Tout, in Kimmeridge Bay.

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The vegetated state of the landslip indicates it is some years old; the urge to view the cliff was generated by a photograph of the landslip with fresh grey clays with sands and marls above.

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The footpath is part of the south West Coastal Path and is suitably well marked and used, both by walkers and sightseers. The cliff on the right shows dark traces of water seepage where Upper Kimmeridge clays are overlain by Portland sands and stones.

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General views of Houns-tout Cliff and Chapman's Pool; the Boat House can be seen, opposite the landslip, on the right-hand photo.

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The eastern side of Chapman's Pool could be seen between clefts in the limestone

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The limestone nature of the ground is seen above, in failing dry-stone walling, ley grass planted between the limestone stones, and a fine new dry stone wall. On Easter Sunday a wall-building demonstration was to be given at nearby Compact Farm.

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