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The Coastal footpath.

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By Charlotte Miller The Coastal features in the Swanage area Swanage is a small area on the south coast of the British Isles it is also very close to Bournemouth. It is quite popular with tourists in the summer months. On the Swanage footpath you can observe, many coastal features, such as headlands, bays, spits, caves, arches and stacks! The coastal footpath starts at the foreland and goes all the way to Anvil point. There are many features of geographic interest on the Swanage coastline (all of these are named above) which all are especially interesting. One of these features that I will mention are caves, caves are found at the foreland (headland.) The caves are great places to explore; they are very fascinating and quite creepy too! The only problem is, these caves can be far out on the headland at sea, so a boat may be needed, which can be hired at the shore, remember only explore these caves with a very responsible adult! This guide will describe the route of the coastal footpath, sites on the footpath and the many features on the footpath from the Foreland to Anvil point. ...read more.


After you have visited these sites, south of the coastal footpath you will see an area of land called The Pinacles. West of this area is Ballard Point, which is a headland or foreland similar but smaller than the foreland that I described earlier. If you follow the coastline south and stay to the coastal footpath, you will reach Swanage Bay, this is an area of sand and clay, and this clay is called wealden clay. The clay is impermeable, which means that water can not pass through it. The rock is therefore eroded by the destructive waves in the sea. The rock is broken off and it falls into the sea. The clay is then deposited on the shore combined with rocks, sand and other coastal material. Further west on the coastal footpath is a small town named Swanage; it has hotels and campsites on the coast. The bay and beach in Swanage is made of natural sand and clay. East of the beach and bay is the pier, and east of this is the Slipway. ...read more.


Headlands and forelands Headlands are formed when the softer rock around the harder rock (headland) is eroded and carried away by long-shore drift. The headland rock is quite hard and quite resistant to erosion. An example of a headland is Lands End. Long-shore drift Longshore drift is the transportation of sand, pebbles and other beach material, along the coast by the waves. Waves often approach the coast at an angle. Some sand grains and pebbles roll down the slope at a right angle to the coastline. This is because the right angle that slopes to the sea has the steepest gradient. Safety Issues * Wear a hard helmet is you are exploring caves. * This area is surrounded by countryside and there are many beaches and coastlines to explore, so old hiking boot would be great. * Always go to the coastline with a responsible adult. * Never swim in the sea at night. * Do no enter restricted areas. * Wear a warm coat. * Never walk under dangerous looking rocks, which might fall on you from above. :) REMEMBER THESE POINTS, STAY SAFE + STAY HAPPY! By Charlotte Miller 10s ...read more.

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