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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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