Gad Cliff stands just over a mile to the west of Kimmeridge. It is an impressive and beautiful line of rock faces peering south across the mouth of the English Channel.
I say that the faces peer, but they don’t. The linear rock strata look like bandages across their eyes, binding them as if a punishment for some ancient wrongdoing. They are all blinded to the view, all save for one, at the eastern end of the cliff. It’s eyes stare and its mouth gapes.
Below Gad Cliff lies Brandy Bay, which was given its name thanks to the smuggling activities that took place here in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Brandy Bay is made up of similar ledges to those we saw in Kimmeridge, although they were submerged by the high tide as we passed by.
We climbed up Gad Cliff and walked along its top. Just inland, in the valley to our north, we saw a small cluster of buildings: the Lost Village of Tyneham. We rarely head inland on our walks (there is simply no time if we want to get round the whole country), but on this occasion it was time to detour.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Gad Cliff: N 50° 36.950 W 002° 10.200
- Brandy Bay: N 50° 36.750 W 002° 09.500
- The Lost Village of Tyneham: N 50° 37.390 W 002° 10.150
Walk #79 Statistics (of which this post forms the second part):
- Date of Walk: 23 May 2015
- Walk #79 total distance covered: 9.61 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 671.24 miles
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