The tide at Battery Point

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Battery Point is rather a special place.  Large ships pass closer to shore here than anywhere else in the UK because there is a deep water channel, the King Road, a few metres offshore.


The tiny figures of a mother and child on the metal walkway get a grand stand view of this large cargo vessel. On a high spring tide the water rises to over 14 metres covering the surrounding rocks completely.

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Even on a fairly low tide it is still deep enough for ships to pass.


Portishead Point Light, commonly known as Battery Point Light stands on a dark rocky outcrop.  Built in 1931, it is 9 metres (30 ft) high. It has a white light which emits 3 quick flashes every 10 seconds.

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The twice daily tides buffet the salt marsh creating a ledge. On a high spring tide the water will come over the top to flood the entire marsh.


A warm glow crosses the salt marsh at Battery Point as the first rays of morning sun cast their long shadows.

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A low tide view of the strata of black rocks while across the channel the sand banks off the Welsh coast are clearly visible.

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At  low tide in Woodhill Bay the mud reflects the blueness of the sky. By contrast the water beyond Battery Point towards the Severn Bridge is its usual reddish brown.

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A high tide with blue Welsh hills, a sunny salt marsh and reddish brown water streaked with blue.


From the far side of Battery Point looking westwards down the Bristol Channel. The white concrete base has its feet on this ancient rocky outcrop, a favourite haunt of Purple Sandpipers in winter.

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