Chesil beach is a pebble barrier beach 18 miles long that stretches from West Bay to Portland. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon. The pebbles change in size along the beach due to longshore drift, with fine grains at West Bay increasing gradually to large cobbles at Portland. Allegedly, local smugglers landing on the beach at night or in fog could tell where they were simply by the size of the pebbles.
We parked up in the National Trust car park at Cogden beach, which is about 3 miles from West Bay. It was a sunny morning (with some menacing rain clouds looming in the distance), but the beach was almost deserted except for a couple of fisherman, some walkers and a few people, probably locals, walking their dogs.
It was very pleasant walking along and sitting on the beach listening to the waves crashing onto the shingle. Although walking on the pebbles is hard work!
At intervals along the ridge above the high water mark, there were a number of sculptures constructed from rocks, pebbles, shells, branches and flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shore. There was no indication who had made them and Googling drew a blank. I guess they were created by visitors, like ourselves. They’d clearly put a lot of thought, time and effort into them. I took photographs of some of them.
And this was our contribution (although we’d have liked to spend a little more time on it)
Can you tell what it is yet?