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photoblog image 'Scene' in Dorset - Old Harry Rocks

'Scene' in Dorset - Old Harry Rocks

This "longish" series comprises a variety of subjects and shots I took during our April visit to Dorset for our nephews wedding.

After crossing over to Studland on the Sandbanks Ferry (see yesterday) we stopped near the village of Studland and went down to the beach there for a welcome coffee and sit in the sun.  A good view of the Old Harry Rocks is available from there.

The Old Harry Rocks are two chalk stacks located at Handfast Point on the Dorset coast in south England, directly east of Studland, about 4 km NE of Swanage, and about 10 km south of the large towns of Poole and Bournemouth. The rocks mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. They can be seen from the Dorset Coast Path, the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path. The cliff is chalk, with some bands of flint, which have been gradually reduced over the centuries, some of the earlier stacks having fallen (Old Harry's original wife fell in 1896), while new ones have been formed by the breaching of narrow isthmuses.

 

Legend says that the Devil (traditionally known euphemistically as "Old Harry") had a sleep on the rocks. Another possible source of the name is that the rocks were named after a famous Poole pirate, Harry Paye, who used to store his contraband nearby. Old Harry is threatened by erosion, particularly at the foot of the rock.

'Scene' in Dorset - Old Harry Rocks

This "longish" series comprises a variety of subjects and shots I took during our April visit to Dorset for our nephews wedding.

After crossing over to Studland on the Sandbanks Ferry (see yesterday) we stopped near the village of Studland and went down to the beach there for a welcome coffee and sit in the sun.  A good view of the Old Harry Rocks is available from there.

The Old Harry Rocks are two chalk stacks located at Handfast Point on the Dorset coast in south England, directly east of Studland, about 4 km NE of Swanage, and about 10 km south of the large towns of Poole and Bournemouth. The rocks mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. They can be seen from the Dorset Coast Path, the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path. The cliff is chalk, with some bands of flint, which have been gradually reduced over the centuries, some of the earlier stacks having fallen (Old Harry's original wife fell in 1896), while new ones have been formed by the breaching of narrow isthmuses.

 

Legend says that the Devil (traditionally known euphemistically as "Old Harry") had a sleep on the rocks. Another possible source of the name is that the rocks were named after a famous Poole pirate, Harry Paye, who used to store his contraband nearby. Old Harry is threatened by erosion, particularly at the foot of the rock.

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jul 2010, 03:07
Wonderful 'scape, Brian.

Which brings me to this:

Old Harry rocks...
Old Harry rolls...

Old Harry...
He rocks...rocks...rocks...

Old Harry rocks and rolls.
Brian Walbey: Lol. Perhaps you should become a professional lyric writer Ray, on reflection, perhaps not grin
I think Ray has been at the Parsnip wine
Brian Walbey: And Thai parsnip wine at that Bill, still it was very amusing.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Jul 2010, 07:39
The boat adds a sense of scale Brian
Brian Walbey: In the summer this is a popular spot for small boats to tie up offshore for the day Tony.
I love those trees near the sea!
Brian Walbey: There is quite a large wood on the cliff-top off picture to the right.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jul 2010, 08:06
Thank you kindly for the history Brian: I never knew its derivation - until now!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, and I'm sure you must know this area quite well.
Lovely scene here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Mary.
Lovely scene and interesting story, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
Lovely view on those cliffs!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion. I only used my little compact, if I'd had my better camera I might have attempted a stitch shot of the whole bay which is very nice.
What a wonderful scene Brian! I really like it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it is a lovely spot, I was sitting sipping coffee at a cafe table when I took this, very civilised.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 8 Jul 2010, 12:04
Good info good photo Brian thanks mate
Brian Walbey: Many thanks vintage.
Lovely part of the country Brian and good view of the rocks
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Janet, thanks very much.
lovely cliffs!! smile
Brian Walbey: Just a small part of a lovely place Charles, thanks.
This is a real "picture postcard" scene.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jul 2010, 18:42
I think I know just where you are; in the little National Trust cafe, I think? Old Harry always remains as one of our highlights on the bikes. We've come down from Ballard Down bumping over the ruts and have so far managed to stop going over the edge. Is there some sea mist in the distance beyond the rocks?
Brian Walbey: You got our spot for the photo in one Alan, well done. I was sitting at one of the outdoor tables enjoying a coffee when I took this, fortunately at the end of April the hordes had still yet to descend. I think there was a touch of sea mist at the time.
A nice area, I was amused by the rather brazen naturists on the National Trust beach.
Brian Walbey: The people you mention weren't there as early as April John although I understand they gathers in their dozens in the summer.
I remember seeing these from the other side Brian, a great place to be indeed.
Brian Walbey: A lovely spot Les especially on a nice day out of season.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2010, 22:44
I remember to have often walked along this coast as we stayed at Poole-Bournemouth spending our holidays in a house of friends. These rocks, their shapes, and their legend I found so impressive that a great photo of Old Harry Rocks is still hanging in my kitchen. And I found a little piece of chalk at the beach there, perhaps once broken away from the rocks and formed by sea and weather since loads of time: I very like your photo , but in my memory the cliffs and Old Harry looked a bit whiter, almost shining white - I have the feel that íts erosion processed since that, it looks a bit different, but I stood then face to face to it- from a different angle, just at the corner!
Brian Walbey: I am pleased to have stired some pleasant memories for you Philine.
nice view of the dorset coast, lovely shot
Brian Walbey: Thanks derek.
Nice composition Brian..A long time since I was there.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Ron.
lovely composition
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Rob.

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