Somewhere over the rainbow

In search of a pot of gold.

A slightly better day, the wind had dropped but still muggy. Off we headed to Chapman’s Pool.

Chapman’s Pool looking towards Portland.

A steep and in place precarious walk down the slippery slopes of Kimmeridge Clay and towards the beach.

Great to see somebody had thought of a way back up!

After a heavy shower being caught at the base of St Aldhelm’s head and facing a 400ft slog up a slippery slope would be interesting challenge.

A natural spring cutting its way through the clay cliff.

Strange to think that the oil-rich clay exposed at Chapman’s Pool extends hundreds of miles under the country and eventually into the North Sea.

Ammonite exposed at low tide
More ammonites and belemnites – plenty more in the clay, however with thousands of tonnes directly above us any attempt at removal would probably result in us being buried by a landslide.
The “beach” – stunning, crystal clear water and a real suntrap.
Yet another ammonite – difficult to recall seeing so many ammonites in such a small area.

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