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Lyme Regis    Waste Dump Landslip  29 October 2008

 

http://www.dorsetforyou.com/lyme  Council coastal site

Ian West's geology site pages on Lyme

 

 

Taking advantage of a bright and calm morning, following a snow storm the previous day, Lyme looking very fresh and clean.

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The award-winning Gun Cliff Walk offers coastal protection as part of the Phase 1 scheme completed in 1995 .. and the benefits of a secure tourist environment.

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Although quiet, the bustle of a Saturday morning began to get under way. We spotted an ancient bridge beyond the present road bridge, which is impressive considering the slippage in this area.

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More of the beach, and its steep winter gradient is just about discernable on the right. This is an artificial beach. See Ian West's pages on Lyme for the story of the defence works and the role of this beach.

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Dire warning mean nothing compared with the limits of a high tide! The object of the visit was to look at the section of 'The Spittles' that collapsed earlier in the year, complete with the contents of a waste dup, now exposed by the sea!

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The tide was in, but on the turn, so there was a chance of getting near to the landslip.

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Progress was made along the 1957 sea wall, as Broad Bench began to be uncovered.

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The bench is largely of Lias clay here, with a covering of pebbles and cobbles.

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Vacant sections of groyne indicate maintenance of existing defences has been suspended ... but there are plans for a new Phase IV scheme.

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The state of the tide denied access to the foot of the fall, but the debris cone is clear enough .. although not clear enough to see all those white good or sofas! This is, of course, a minor slip and it is only the contents being deposited on the beach that has made it newsworthy.

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The bench becomes more of a feature as the tide falls.

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Dorset  Lyme Regis lias coast beach physical features landslip wave cut platform defences pollution rubbish tip

 

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