The Cobb on the Jurassic coast in England
5th November 2017
I have visited the Cobb at Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coastline in Dorset for many years and has come away mostly with unusable images. This time all the elements came together to make the picture I had wanted to take for quite some time. This image was actually taken at 4.40 am during the Summer. The reason I was there at this time is that dawn and a high tide coincided, which meant there should be more drama in the scene. In fact there was far too much wind and I had to crawl onto the Cobb to take a few images before being blown back into safety!
The harbour for Lyme Regis is called the Cobb. No satisfactory explanation of the name exists but a man made construction has served as a refuge here since at least 1313. Meryl Streep managed to get to the end of the Cobb in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman in bad weather so it can be done, although rumour has it that it was a stunt man dressed in her cloak.
The Cobb, an old stone pier forming an extensive harbour and believed to date from the time of Edward I. The origin of the name is unknown, but there are records of an ancient feast called the “Cobb Ale Feast”.
With a length of 870 feet the curve of the Cobb forms a fine promenade though its upper surface slopes to the sea at an appreciable angle. Its high wall makes it a double promenade and walkers have a choice of shelter or a glorious blow.
**The eastern section ends with the Victoria Pier, so-called after the Princess Victoria landed here with her mother in 1833. **
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