Chesil Bank Beach

Place Category: Beaches

Weather & Tides
Water Quality
  • 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.

    Chesil Bank Beach has dog restrictions. Dogs permitted except in the Fleet.

  • Tide Times & Heights for Chesil Beach on 20th February 2017

    00:09 - High Tide (3.15m)
    05:40 - Low Tide (1.77m)
    12:37 - High Tide (3.01m)
    18:08 - Low Tide (1.82m)

  • No water quality measurement available for Chesil Bank Beach.

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