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Strip Lynchets at Winspit, Dorset Coast

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The terraces that can be seen in the fields in this photo, also known as 'strip lynchets', are a result of ancient field systems.

It is believed that lynchets are formed when a hillside field is ploughed over a long period of time. The disturbed soil slips down the hillside, creating a ridge of earth.

These fields are located on the Dorset coast, at Winspit.

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11th Feb 2007 by Abdallah Abdullah

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Geography, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Keywords:
field fields farm farms farming coast sea dorset winspit worth matravers ancient celtic strip lynchet lynchets terrace terraced terracing hill hills hillside soil earth winspit

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