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Mouth of the River Char, 2001. In winter, the river cuts through Charmouth Beach and deposits a small delta on the foreshore. It is believed that gravels on the bed of the river are mobilised during high discharge events and some are supplied to the shore. A major flood event in 1979 resulted in deposition of a rather larger delta, parts of which remain evident. In summer, drifting gravels frequently block the mouth so that the river becomes “ponded up” and percolates through the beach.