During the ferocious gales of this last winter, the shoreline around the UK has changed irrevocably. Dorset is no exception; the Jurassic coast has suffered along with the rest of the country.

As yet I’ve not had the chance to check out how much it’s changed, but hopefully with the advent of spring (hooray) I’ll be getting out and about soon to find out. In some areas of course it’s dangerous to get too close for fear of further landslips. Here are a few photos of some scenes as they were before the winter.

Through the doorway
Durdle Door, always a popular spot, has evidently sustained some damage. I’ve heard that it’s not now possible to get down to the beach, although I’ve not had this confirmed.

Chesil Bank from Portland onwards has been attacked by the waves, and much lost to the sea.
View over Fleet and Chesil

There have been cliff falls at Burton Bradstock, and at West Bay and Charmouth.

burton bradstock beach

Jurassic cliff CBJ

Beach hut and cliffs, Charmouth

It’s not just the coast which has suffered of course. Many people were flooded out of their homes inland too, and remain so. Farmers have lost their crops and the ability to feed their animals, so it’s been a hard winter for many people although not cold. Let’s hope these unfortunate folk will have a brighter year ahead now.


11 thoughts on “Devastated shoreline

  1. That’s why it’s important to take photos of familiar scenes – you never know when they might change. Here’s hoping for a fine summer and lots of photo opportunities!

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