JESSICA M WINDER 2009-2020, If you click on any picture in the gallery below, the image will be enlarged and show the descriptive caption. The striped nature of the cliff is one of its most notable characteristics. This all happened in the Upper Lias phase of the Early Jurassic Period (about 176 – 205 million years ago). Change ). It’s vital that people stick to the permissive route and do not go near the cliff edge.”. West Bay is situated at the mouth of the River Brit on the English Channel coast. Tara Hansford, Dorset Council Countryside Access Development Officer, explained: “Movement in this section has rapidly increased, affecting an extensive area with more cracks appearing and sections collapsing, resulting in extremely dangerous, uneven and unstable ground. ( Log Out / Watched part Broadchurch by accident, had missed the start… and lo, there were these very cliffs. It is this process that converts the natural blue-grey to the wonderful yellow colour of the rocks in the cliff. A 5* Resort between rolling sand dunes interspersed with coastal vegetation and an exclusive view over the Atlantic Ocean and Óbidos lagoon. Walkers can find a map detailing the permissive diversionary route at either end of the closed section of path. The coast at West Bay forms part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which stretches for 96 miles (154 km) and includes most of the Dorset coastline. The gulls are usually in-filled with sand and debris. West Bay is a major gateway to the Jurassic Coast, which covers 95 miles of coast from Orcombe Rocks at Exmouth, Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There are a few photos here. Not really …but my son is – he runs smuggling tours at Weymouth in the summer! Indeed, or even those at Ness Cove, Shaldon! Almost as good as the red cliffs at Budleigh Salterton! At the base of the cliff for some distance along its length, it is possible to see an anomaly in the rock layers (19 -20). on Coast path diverted due to unstable cliffs. The spectacular yellow cliffs at West Bay near Bridport in Dorset are soon to form the back-drop for the new television series called Broadchurch. ( Log Out / Required fields are marked *. Author dorsethighways. A large section of cliff has given way in West Dorset. Most of the alternating bands of rock are virtually level, horizontal, and parallel to each other. Your email address will not be published. It has been calculated that each metre of rock would have taken about 20,000 years to accumulate on the seabed where it originated.