Chesil Bank Beach

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.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Chesil Bank Beach has dog restrictions.
Chesil Bank allows dogs except in the Fleet.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 9.4℃ to 10℃ with wind speed 9.5 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.3℃ to 8.2℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 6℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Feb 06clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.3℃ to 4.7℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Feb 07fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.8℃ to 4.1℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (ENE)
Wednesday, Feb 08fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.2℃ to 3.2℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (ENE)
Thursday, Feb 09fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 6℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (SE)

Weymouth weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Chesil Bank Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Chesil Bank Beach is at Chesil Beach 2.34 km (1.46 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 05:10 (Height 3.22m)
   Low Tide at 10:33 (Height 1.46m)
   High Tide at 18:01 (Height 3.15m)
   Low Tide at 22:50 (Height 1.44m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 06:03 (Height 3.43m)
   Low Tide at 11:24 (Height 1.27m)
   High Tide at 18:44 (Height 3.36m)
   Low Tide at 23:38 (Height 1.31m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 06:42 (Height 3.62m)
   Low Tide at 12:10 (Height 1.12m)
   High Tide at 19:17 (Height 3.52m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:20 (Height 1.21m)
   High Tide at 07:16 (Height 3.76m)
   Low Tide at 12:49 (Height 1.02m)
   High Tide at 19:46 (Height 3.64m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:56 (Height 1.14m)
   High Tide at 07:46 (Height 3.85m)
   Low Tide at 13:20 (Height 0.97m)
   High Tide at 20:13 (Height 3.70m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:26 (Height 1.09m)
   High Tide at 08:16 (Height 3.90m)
   Low Tide at 13:47 (Height 0.94m)
   High Tide at 20:41 (Height 3.71m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:55 (Height 1.03m)
   High Tide at 08:45 (Height 3.90m)
   Low Tide at 14:16 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 21:07 (Height 3.70m)

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