The tide at Battery Point

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Battery Point is rather a special place as there is a deep water channel, the King Road, just metres away and large ships pass closer to shore here than anywhere else in the UK.


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.  It was built in 1931, stands 9 metres (30 ft) high and is equipped with a white light which emits 3 quick flashes every 10 seconds.

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The muddy edge of the salt marsh gets buffeted by the twice daily tides – quite a tide mark.


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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This is Woodhill Bay at low tide – the expanse of mud reflects the blueness of the sky interlaced with boulders and seaweed whilst 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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