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.

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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.  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.

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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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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.

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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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