Saturday, May 17, 2014

West Bay, East Cliff, Dorset

DSC05816 (1300x968)The Jurassic Coast is a world heritage site, recognized for its sheer coastal cliffs, filled with fossils from the Mesozoic Era, holding http://www.spring-tide.org.uk/records of animals and plants through 185 million years of Earth's history.  It’s considered a premier resource for geology, palaeontology and geomorphology for teaching, training and research.

DSC05886 (1300x1069)Today, though, unseasonably warm and summery temperatures brought out the sun-seekers.

Its been a windy, wet winter and a cold spring in England, but forecasters say that the entire weekend will hit a high for 2014.  I was ready for a day out, and actually headed for the Spring Tide Festival in Bridport.  However, a cross-country jog and a wrong turn dropped into West Bay, new ground for exploring the walks and beaches, harbours and restaurants.

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East Cliff towers over the Southwest Coastal Path and the orange-gravel beach just outside of town.  It’s really a magnificent layered face, rugged and primal in the afternoon light.  The seafront is filled with families wading and sunning (few swimming, although the water feels fairly mild).

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The village is dominated by the boat harbor, a mix of working fishing boats and pleasure craft, and by endless rows of  fish ‘n chip stands.  The quality is excellent, though: very thin batter and not too oily. 

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The nibbling, people-watching, and sea wind make the whole experience gezelligheid.

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