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.

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

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 12 beaches at Weymouth, 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 14.8℃ to 15.6℃ with wind speed 9.5 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Sep 27
Expect a temp in the range 12.5℃ to 12.7℃ with wind speed 7 m/sec (NW)
Wednesday, Sep 28
Expect a temp in the range 11.8℃ to 13.1℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (NW)
Thursday, Sep 29
Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 12℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (NNW)
Friday, Sep 30
Expect a temp in the range 12.4℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Oct 01
Expect a temp in the range 15℃ to 15.5℃ with wind speed 9 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Oct 02
Expect a temp in the range 17.6℃ to 17.9℃ with wind speed 11.3 m/sec (WSW)

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.

Mon 26 Sep
   Low Tide at 00:11 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 07:03 (Height 3.89m)
   Low Tide at 12:23 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 19:13 (Height 4.03m)
Tue 27 Sep
   Low Tide at 00:43 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 07:33 (Height 3.97m)
   Low Tide at 12:56 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 19:45 (Height 4.08m)
Wed 28 Sep
   Low Tide at 01:15 (Height 0.57m)
   High Tide at 08:04 (Height 3.99m)
   Low Tide at 13:29 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 20:18 (Height 4.04m)
Thu 29 Sep
   Low Tide at 01:49 (Height 0.56m)
   High Tide at 08:35 (Height 3.93m)
   Low Tide at 14:05 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 20:51 (Height 3.92m)
Fri 30 Sep
   Low Tide at 02:24 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 09:08 (Height 3.81m)
   Low Tide at 14:42 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 21:27 (Height 3.72m)
Sat 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:01 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 09:45 (Height 3.63m)
   Low Tide at 15:22 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 22:08 (Height 3.45m)
Sun 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:41 (Height 0.99m)
   High Tide at 10:29 (Height 3.39m)
   Low Tide at 16:06 (Height 1.06m)
   High Tide at 22:59 (Height 3.14m)

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