Coastal Features: Straight Point Headland, Aylesbeare Mudstone, Crossbedding
Straight Point Headland
The jutting headland of Straight Point is formed from the Alysbeare Mudstone Group of sediments. The climate during the period these sediments were laid down consisted of a desert with rivers flowing through it. Although little is known about these sediments it is believed the sand dunes blowing across te Triasic landscape at the time were washed or blown into gullies. These hardened to form the headland that remains today.
Aylesbeare Mudstone Crossbedding
Proof that the sediments forming the hedland of Straight Point were laid down in a river or by the wind can be found in the cliff. Areas of crossbedding show how the sand was deposited. This can only be replicated by the deposition or sanddunes or sediments in a river.
Coastal Visitor Centre
Axmouth Sea Discovery Centre
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Tourist Info Centres
in this Area: Seabirds
The headland of Straight Point is a great place for seabirds. Cormorants are a common site, using the rock as a resting place to dry their wings after hunting underwater for fish.
Interest: MOD Rifle Range
MOD Rifle Range
A Ministry of Defence rifle firing range has been used on the headland of Straight Point since 1938. The range is aligned so firing takes place towards Budleigh Bay.