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Kimmeridge Bay

Characterised by its dark – fossil rich – shale beds, Kimmeridge Bay lies between the white chalk cliffs of Tyneham and Lulworth to the west and the pale grey limestones of the Isle of Purbeck to the east. Seen here on a blustery, rainy day in late October the ever changing light adds drama to a relatively short walk from the bay eastwards to Houns-tout, returning via Swyre Head. The strong wind giving the opportunity for some high-speed sailboarding across the bay.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • Choppy seas in Kimmeridge Bay, looking westwards along the Dorset coast (picture)
  • Kayak fun, Kimmeridge Bay (picture)
  • October weather (picture)
  • Heading eastwards from Kimmeridge, the view from Rope Lake Head (picture)
  • Atop Houns-tout, looking back westwards towards Kimmeridge (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Egmont Bight below, Rope Lake Head in the shadow in the distance (picture)
  • The view southwards from Houns-tout to St Aldhelm'd Head (picture)
  • Looking down into Kimmeridge Bay from the escarpment of Smedmore Hill (picture)
  • Windsurfers enjoying the breeze, Clavel Tower on the headland (picture)
  • Late afternoon sun in October, Kimmeridge Bay (picture)

Kimmeridge Bay also features in the monthly gallery February 2003

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionChapman's Pool, Corfe Castle

directionTyneham, Lulworth

More views of Dorset in October

Other sites on the web

The coastline shown here forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

If you intend to walk along the coast between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge then check the Defence Estates web page first for details regarding access to this part of the coast.

West's Geology Field Guide to the Kimmeridge area

The Dorset Page:   Kimmeridge – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Kimmeridge Bay in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 065
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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