This is a view of Chesil Beach taken from the high ground above the district of Fortuneswell on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.
Chesil Beach extends from Chesil Cove (on the left and also known locally as Hallelujah Cove) for approximately 18 miles to the harbour at West Bay just a mile or so to the south of the town of Bridport. Chesil Beach forms part of the UNESCO 'Jurassic Coast' and is also one of the very few nesting sites in the UK for the rare Roseate Tern. Interestingly, with experience, you can estimate how far along the bank you might be from the size of the pebbles underfoot. At Chesil Cove the pebbles can reach the size of a large melon whereas at the Bridport (West Bay) end of the bank, the 'pebbles' are only slightly larger than grains of sand.
Of the two areas of water to the right of the bank, the upper is 'The Fleet', a shallow tidal lagoon with an average depth of just over three feet which is home to the popular attraction, the Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens, whilst the lower is Portland Harbour which until quite recently was a major Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm base and in 2012 was the host venue for the watersports events of the 2012 London Olympics.
People, such as myself, from the town of Weymouth (which is located off image to the right), are known to the natives of Portland as 'Kimberlins'... People from Portland are known as 'Rock Throwers' a less flattering nickname that came about due to their hostility to visitors coming to the island by boat in the days before the road and railways linked Weymouth and Portland!
We are all friends now and you will very (very) rarely hear either term being used...
** No, it's not poor practice; the vignetting is intentional! **