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Place Category: Beaches
Chesil Bank is not a beach to laze around playing in the sand, it is around 18 miles long, shingle and pebbles separated from the mainland by the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. This marks the southerly point of the Jurassic Coast and the pebbles get larger from west to east as a result of tides.
This area of coast was notorious for shipwrecks but now you will see beach fisherman, rare plants and nesting birds.
The semi-salty fleet lagoon is warmer in summer and colder in winter than the surrounding area and supports a wide selection of bird species and aquatic plants.
Towards the west you have the 16th century village of Abbotsbury and on the east end you have Portland, famed for its naval base and quarries.
Parking at Abbotsbury and Chesil beach visitor centre with Abbotsbury to the West being the place for cream teas.
Between March and end of August walking is not permitted between Abbotsbury and the visitor centre due to the protection of nesting birds.
Due to the location the sea has a very strong undertows and swimming is NOT recommended.
Dogs permitted except in the Fleet.
Chesil Bank Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain today through Thursday, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Sunday.Rain starting in the afternoon.Today's Forecast
11->1960% 63% 6 mph
5:07 am 9:09 pmRain in the morning.Monday, May 29th
12->1976% 80% 7 mph
5:06 am 9:11 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Tuesday, May 30th
12->1824% 57% 11 mph
5:06 am 9:12 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Wednesday, May 31st
11->194% 37% 1 mph
5:05 am 9:13 pmPartly cloudy overnight.Thursday, Jun 1st
10->1824% 20% 7 mph
5:04 am 9:14 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Friday, Jun 2nd
13->181% 82% 3 mph
5:03 am 9:15 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Saturday, Jun 3rd
12->185% 90% 11 mph
5:03 am 9:16 pmMostly cloudy until evening.Sunday, Jun 4th
12->174% 73% 8 mph
5:02 am 9:17 pm
Chesil Bank Beach Tide Times
Chesil Bank Beach Water quality
No water quality measurement available for Chesil Bank Beach.
Photos from around the surrounding area