JAGGED EDGE ROCKS HARTLAND QUAY NORTH DEVON
Sunset approaches at Hartland Quay, North Devon, SW England, UK. The sky is clearing after a stormy afternoon. Spray is whipped up by the wind off a choppy sea. Some of the treacherous coastline looking north towards Hartland Point can be seen. The rocks have been folded and faulted by past geological activity with tectonic plate movement. The unusual light makes the scene look like a painting.
This coast is notorious for rough seas, onshore winds and storms from the full might of the Atlantic and the sharp fingers of rocky outcrops. Consequently it has been called the iron coast after all of the shipwrecks in days gone by. There are also tales of smuggling and wreckers. The original Quay, built in Henry VIII's reign, was washed away in a storm in 1887. Just a few of the original buildings remain.
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