Sculpture on Chesil Beach


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?


7 thoughts on “Sculpture on Chesil Beach

    • I agree with you John. I assume that they have been created by “ordinary” people and they just show what can be achieved using objects to hand with a little imagination. Looking at them added a little interest to our walk along the beach

  1. All these literary associations with the region! I presume this is the Cecil beach that Ian MacEwan based his novel on?

    I like the idea of a beach with all those sculptures.

    • You’re right, it is MacEwan’s Chesil Beach

      On another point. Sadly, if you look at the picture at the top of the post, you can see the cliffs which collapsed earlier this week with tragic consequence.

  2. Actually it was us and we live here. We do make a daily walk down there to work on them, and noticed, with delight, the day that the ammonite appeared. In fact, we love it when people add items to the existing sculptures – which they have started to do. Thanks for your kind comments.
    We are starting a facebook page soon so you may want to watch that space!

    • Thanks Sandy. We really liked the sculptures and it’s good to find out who did them. Please let me know when your Facebook page is up and running. Perhaps you could post another comment here? I’ll give it a “like” and put the word around. Keep up the good work!


      • Hello Mick. We now have a page set up on facebook. If you search for Sandy Woodstone you should find it. It is just a start as we want to organise a lot of the photos that we have documenting something of the way the sculptures have developed.

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