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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 7-day Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 19°C on Monday.Partly cloudy throughout the day.Today's Forecast
11->177% 44% 13 mph
6:54 am 7:15 pmRain until evening.Thursday, Sep 21st
12->1669% 86% 10 mph
6:56 am 7:12 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Friday, Sep 22nd
11->1619% 42% 14 mph
6:57 am 7:10 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Saturday, Sep 23rd
14->1714% 70% 13 mph
6:59 am 7:08 pmLight rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.Sunday, Sep 24th
15->1726% 93% 9 mph
7:00 am 7:06 pmLight rain in the morning.Monday, Sep 25th
15->1921% 91% 7 mph
7:02 am 7:03 pmClear throughout the day.Tuesday, Sep 26th
14->180% 5% 9 mph
7:03 am 7:01 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Wednesday, Sep 27th
15->1712% 69% 12 mph
7:05 am 6:59 pm
Chesil Bank Beach Tide Times
Chesil Bank Beach Bathing Water Quality
No water quality measurement available for Chesil Bank Beach.
Photos from around the surrounding area