The Geography Department


Furzy Cliff, Dorset   April 2006




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




Furzy Cliffs are very easy to access, via the green open space ()with a convenient cafe) on the road behind. The cliffs appear to be quite stable, judging by the vegetation cover, but inspection nearer the beach shows mobile flows are in evidence.

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The former Pontin's holiday camp, like a sultan's palace plonked on an English lawn, dominates the bay. Another complex is located just across the road, whilst a funfair and fast food area back the beach.

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Active cliff erosion on Furzy Cliffs between the lower, more stable natural cliffs to the east ... and the drained and engineered cliffs towards Weymouth (see last photo).

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Mobile flows in the Oxford clay on Furzy cliffs.

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Redcliff Point, with White Nothe in the background.

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Redcliff Point contains Corallian Beds, landslips and well-defined geology.

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The view towards Weymouth; and the drainage works on Furzy Cliffs in the foreground. The barrier beach is heavily reinforced with hard concrete defences, as it defends the A353 road as well as the Lodmoor Nature Reserve.

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