Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay

Time for a little black and white! As part of the Jurassic Coast – this is part of a world heritage site and is part of the Smedmore Estate in Dorset. It is within a marine Special Area of Conservation. The shallow bay has hundreds of rock pools for kids to safely explore. It’s also a great place to start a coastal walk.

Rock Pools Galore

I walked west to Worbarrow Beach, then back over the cliff top. Near the start of the walk one can look down on the kids below having fun in the rock pools.

A view along the South West Coast Path, Peveril Point – Isle of Portland on the horizon

On this trip I took along my Konica Hexar AF loaded up with a roll of FP4. I processed in Ilfosol diluted 1+9. I find this combination almost “bomb proof”.

On the way back

In the opposite direction and a very short but very steep walk up to, is Clavel Tower. Started in 1830 and was funded by Reverend John Richards Clavell. A few years back it was in danger of falling into the sea. Luckily the Landmark Trust stepped in and moved it 25 meters inland – literally moving house! It is now used as a holiday let.

Clavel Tower – Kimmeridge
The small Waterfall

All this natural beauty, and……

Kimmeridge Oil Well

The “Nodding Donkey” named Pentag (not Pentax!) has been pumping since 1961 apparently, it once produced 350 barrels a day – that’s reduced these days to about 65 these days. Maybe an interesting but not exactly scenic or fitting addition to the scenery.

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