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Sandy Mouth - Bude, Cornwall   Coastal features and geology   August 2001

Bude-Sandy-Mouth 22 August 2001

 

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streetmap - Sandy Mouth

 

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The car park at Sandy Mouth filling up quickly on a fine, if not overly sunny, August morning. The surfers tend to come later in the day, according to the condition of the time, and when the surf has built up. Parking was 1.60 for the day, to the /National Trust. There is a beach cafe and toilets (central stone building)

 

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Sandy Mouth from the cliff path just to the south. A steep shingle beach gives way to a flat and, at low water, wide expanse of sand.

 

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The boundary of National Trust property at Sandy Mouth, along the SWC Path.

 

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Another look-back at Sandy Mouth, this time showing the nature of the cliffs, rising higher towards the south.

 

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The end-on nature of the strata here shows well at many points. Here the vertical-dipping rocks are exposed as a wave-cut platform, a little to the north of Menachurch Point.

 

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Looking towards Menachurch Point, with the overhangs from recent cliff falls turning the vegetation flaxen as it not longer can retain its soil or moisture. This coast may be relatively hard-rock, but cliff retreat appears to be substantial on this high-energy coast.

 

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Erosion debris fans dominate the upper shoreline in this photo back towards Sandy Mouth. A prominent run-out of grey debris has appeared mid-way along  the beach from the cliff-line.

 

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The steep decent to Northcott Mouth, and the only other access point to the beach before Bude. A private dwelling shares the hollow with the National Trust, which has a hut to take the car-park money, and the summer visitors.

 

 

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The brash-line at Northcott Mouth has the usual assortment of debris, mostly, in this case, associated with commercial fishing by the look of it.

 

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Looking back north from Northcott Mouth, with the path to Sandy Mouth.

 

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Facilities are more limited here than at Sandy Mouth, but the beach is easier of access and there is even a little flat land.

 

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On Maer Cliff the morning's abseiling lesson is all laid out; a dozen helmets were carefully laid out nearby!

 

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A sea stack, high and dry at low tide!

 

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Sheet weathering, or exfoliation, happening on the grand scale just past Wrangle Point, and just north of Crooklets Beach, Bude.

 

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The northern end of Crooklets Beach immediately shows the importance of the area to the holiday trade, with its concrete defence works and clear preparations for an afternoon in the sun!

 

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This beach is split into tow halves, with a rock ridge running out halfway down, which makes an excellent Lifeguard lookout.

 

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Streetmap Bude

 

Crooklets Beach, looking south in the holiday season.

 

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Bude Haven, at the southern end of the beach, is only navigable at high water. It leads to lock gates and a non-tidal ship basin.

 

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A beach stream creates an arcuate delta into the slow-flowing Bude Haven.

 

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The river at Bude, looking towards the lower end of the main shopping area ... towards the north-west.

 

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The bustle of the town centre, seen in the centre of the previous photo, with a high density of holidaymakers. Concentrations, or clustering, of surf gear and boards was a noted feature of the town.

 

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The walk back to Sandy Mouth was along the beach, carefully judged to precede low water by an hour, to give maximum safe clearance along this unknown coastline. 

 

This view, towards the north, shows the cliff backed by the white receiver dish.

 

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Vertical-dipping strata just to the north of Wrangle Point.

 

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More of the same, but here with wave-etched cave systems along the high water line.

 

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Beach drainage makes for a pleasant reflection of the cliff-line at Maer Cliff.

 

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A lone Lifeguard watches swimmers and surfers at Northcott Mouth. The swim area was but 50 metres wide here; either side are dangerous undertow currents.

 

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Northcott Mouth from the sea.

 

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Here, just south of Menachurch point is a fine example of  an asymmetrical anticline.

 

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The anticline looks ever more pronounced from this angle. The cave was inspected and photographed; it went back about 20 or so metres.

 

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structural geology of this coast

 

 

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The brash line at Menachurch Point contained a varied cocktail of  discards. The vast majority of it seems to have come off ships of one sort or another. 

 

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To the north of Sandy Mouth are Stowe Cliffs, here looking further north to Duckpool.

A grey mass of what looks like scree dominates the upper beach area.

 

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Looking back southwards, over Sandy Mouth, the long expanse of flat sandy beach , and the rock ribs intersecting it, show well.

 

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The stacks that flank the northern margins of the Sandy Mouth beach are incredibly dramatic, when seen from above! You need to enlarge the thumbnail to see the holidaymakers!

 

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Back down at sea level, the rapidly advancing tide pushes up against the rock ribs at Sandy Mouth.

 

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Seen from the sea, the stacks at Sandy mouth are about to be isolated by the rising waters.

 

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The entrance to the beach at Sandy mouth, a narrow cleft

 

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At Sandy Mouth the steeply-dipping strata is well exposed and particularly well defined.

 

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In an outcrop on the south side of the beach entrance, a number of folds and faults form a backdrop to well-rounded grey beach material.

 

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