Winter Seascapes at Rhossili

View of Worms Head, Rhossili, Gower, under winter skies

Christmas Day 2013 in Rhossili saw bitter cold weather with outbursts of torrential rain, gale force winds, and occasional dry spells and shafts of pale yellow sunlight through the fast-moving clouds. The beach looked spectacular as the tide ebbed. White sea foam creamed the waves and scudded across the shore. Cloud bursts made a shimmering halo of rain bouncing on the top of Worms Head. Vast expanses of wet sand reflecting the lowering skies, together with tumescent black clouds, framed dark views of Worms Head and Burry Holms.

Cloud burst and sun shafts over Worms Head on the Gower Peninsula

Cloud burst and sun shafts over Worms Head on the Gower Peninsula

View looking north across Rhossili beach towards Burry Holms, 25th December 2013

View looking north across Rhossili beach towards Burry Holms, 25th December 2013

Rough sea topped with sea foam at Rhossili, Christmas Day 2013

Sun breaking through storm clouds over Worms Head at Rhossili on Christmas Day 2013

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Waves washing onto a seashore rock ledge, with dynamic patterns of reflected light each time the water retreats. 

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Waves breaking on the rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast

Waves breaking on the rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast where stone was quarried from the cliffs in times gone by and loaded onto boats.

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The waves breaking on the man-made rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

The waves breaking on the man-made rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast, where stone was quarried long ago and loaded straight onto boats.

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Chesil Beach waves on a calm day – video clip

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Chesil Beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast makes a magnificent sight with its huge bank of graded pebbles. However, the quality of the experience on a visit to Chesil Beach is auditory as well as visual.

Viewing this short movie clip with the sound switched off, the waves have a simple hypnotic, somewhat tantalising, effect as you wait for the appearance of each new embryonic wave crest to emerge and crash…….

…….but turn the volume full up on this video and you will get some idea of the noise generated, even on a calm day, by the sea on the pebble beach – the crash of the waves on the shore and the following  tremendous scraunching sound as the pebbles are dragged, rubbing and scraping against each other, back towards the sea by the receding waves. On rougher days, the noise can be totally overwhelming.

Chesil Beach Pebbles & Waves

View of Chesil Beach: View of the pebbles and sea on Chesil Beach from Quiddles Cafe on the promenade at Chesil Cove, Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (1)

A walk on a fine sunny day along the Chesil Bank on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a wonderful, if tiring, experience even if you only travel a few of its 17 miles length.

All the senses are assailed.

Beautiful views, in strong reflecting light, of the pebble beach, the seafoam-flecked blue-green sea, and pale blue cloudless sky. The squint of sun on your face and in your eyes.

The feel of the slipping, sliding pebbles beneath your feet – the ache in your muscles after you have been walking for five hours on the shingle. The warmth of sun-baked smooth pebbles in your hand.

The all-encompassing roar as the sea crashes ashore, flinging yet more stones onto the terraced banks. The scream of thousands of pebbles as they are dragged back under water by the retreating waves. The gulls.

A walk in this fabulous place can bring rewards of spiritual as well as physical well-being.

Waves and pebbles on Chesil Beach: A wave just breaking onto the pebbles at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (2)

Chesil beach pebbles and waves: A wave the moment before it breaks on the shore at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (3)

Pebbles on the beach and seafoam on the waves: Pebbles and seafoam at Chesil beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (4)

Jurassic Coast pebbles: Wet pebbles at the water's edge on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (5)

Sea, surf and pebbles at Chesil beach: View of the water's edge with sea and pebbles on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (6)

P.S. Quiddles Cafe at the end of the promenade in Chesil Cove is a great place for a well-earned refreshment break at the end of the beach walk – or any other time!

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Pictures from Rhossili (1)

Rhossili Bay, view looking north from the cliff-top, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (1) 

Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK,  is a beautiful place.

Seafoam making lace-like patterns on the waves as they break on the shore at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (2)

Romantic Rhossili: "I love you forever" - a young woman writing a love message in the sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, 18 March 2011 (3)

Sand patterns on the beach at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (4)

Seafoam-flecked waves, and wet ridged sand reflecting the blue sky, at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (5)

Mussel shell on the sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (6) 

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