The Pinnacles, Handfast Point
Number of views as of 7th March 2014 = 130.
A return to one of my favourite locations on Dorset’s ‘Jurassic Coast’.
Just east of the village of Studland and on the coast path between the towns of Swanage and Poole, the Pinnacles are two chalk formations, in the English Channel just off Ballard Down and Handfast Point. They have been gradually eroded by the sea to form caves, then rock arches, which have subsequently collapsed leaving the stacks/stumps we see today.
This shot shows the southern most of the two Pinnacles.
The Jurassic Coast stretches 96 miles from here westwards to Exmouth in Devon, and comprises Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth’s history.
Ballard Down is comparatively quite young, just 66 million years old.
Date: 29th December 2013.