Pinhay Bay

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Pinhay Bay is a bay in Devon, on the south coast of England. Pinhay Bay lies about two kilometres southwest of Lyme Regis and about six kilometres east of Seaton.

It is surrounded by tall cliffs and a rugged terrain, the cliffs on the western side of the bay are called Pinhay Cliffs and the cliffs on the eastern side are called Ware Cliffs. The bay receives its name from the hamlet of Pinhay which is situated slightly inland.

Approximately two kilometers further west, toward Axmouth and Seaton, lies Charton Bay, with a wider expanse of shingle beach than Pinhay Bay and the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliff stretching in a large terraces, inland, this is accessible not only from the sea, but also via a slightly arduous and worn path with many flights of wooden steps, from Charton Goyle. It was once a popular route to the bay, but long since abandoned after the demise of the village at the top of the cliff, earlier in the 20th century.

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The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 155 kilometres (96 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, in the east.[1] The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The localities along the Jurassic Coast includes a large range of important fossil zones. Pinhay Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast.

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  1. ^ "Dorset and East Devon Coast". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 

Coordinates: 50°42′43″N 2°57′56″W / 50.7119°N 2.9655°W / 50.7119; -2.9655