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Pebble Beaches

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Pebble Beaches

Do you prefer sand or pebble? True, sand gets in the sandwiches, but the walk down to the water doesn’t have you hopping round like a scalded cat as you negotiate the inexplicable malice of the stones underneath your feet. Pebble beaches are known the world over, from Spain to Maine, from Dorset to Dieppe, but the combination of climate and national character makes the English pebble beach something special. They’re particularly common on the south coast and the pebbles are often flint – and harder than steel, as the pebble hoppers would no doubt confirm. Flint is found in areas with chalk bedrock. The flint, which is made from silicon which originated millions of years ago from living organisms, formed within the sediment that later hardened into chalk. As chalk has eroded, flint has been exposed and has accumulated on the beaches we pick our way across each summer.

Photo: Maria Gibbs

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Because England must be the only place in the summer where people still love to come and visit our beaches even though they hurt your feet with all the pebbles and they are really uncomfortable.

Rachel Sharp


Pebble beaches exist all over the world and some of my favourite ones are in France and Scotland, so hardly an English icon
Alex


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FELICITY HAGUE

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