The Geography Department




 Kimmeridge Bay


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 April 1996

Kimmeridge Bay October 2010


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




April 1996


http://www.streetmap at 1:50,000 

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At Gaulter Gap, over an Easter holiday, a fair crowd of cars in the car park, reached by a private road (charge 2 in 1996). There was a broad range of visitors, with a strong contingent of walkers peppering the majority, who came to enjoy the beach. 


The cliffs of Kimmeridge Bay with their  level-bedded Lower Kimmeridge clays contrast with the slumped material  of the foreground. The central east-west chalk ridge of the Isle of Purbeck marks the skyline. Behind the cliffs, on the left of the photo, is the Kimmeridge oil well - a real 'nodding donkey' in the Dorset countryside!

The cliffs are a mixture of crumbly clay, and being more resistant, the small overhangs of bituminous shale. Harder still is the stone band dolomite, which makes up the wave-cut platform.


Looking east into Kimmeridge Bay from GR899788. the stony and narrow beach is extended by the wave-cut platform.

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This amazing wave-cut platform is Broad Bench. The photograph is taken from 897791, looking south from the path leading to Tyneham Cap, on the way to Gad Cliff.


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25 October 2010








Approaching Kimmeridge Bay and looking towards the west and Gadd Cliffs.




A very low state of tide revealed extensive sections of flat rock, left, whilst debris from the shale cliffs cover the immediate foreshore, right.











Kimmeridge Bay and Clavell Tower, now re-erected inland of its original location as its loss to cliff erosion was imminent.









From Washing Ledge, one of the dolomite bands, along the foreshore. In the centre and on the right the bands are still dolomite, but termed 'White rock' bands.























Coasts Kimmeridge Bay Gaulter Gap Dorset Purbeck Erosion Oil Well Geology Coasts  Washing ledge Dolomite  Erosion Wave Cut Platform  Tourism Clavell Tower






Dr Ian West's Field Trip to Kimmeridge  http://www.soton.ac.uk/~imw/Kimmeridge-Bay.htm