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Chesil beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Courtesy & © Rob Joslin

Chesil Beach is a pebble beach, more properly termed a tombolo, 18 miles long, and consisting of about 180 billion pebbles, it stretches northwest from Portland to West Bay in West Dorset.

For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon.

World famous, the shingle on the beach is naturally graded by the prevailing waves. The shingle increases in size from the size of a pea near Burton Bradstock to the size of a fist as you near Portland.

For geologists, Chesil Beach consists largely of six rock types: Flint; Chert; Quartzite; Granite; Porphry and Tourmalinised Rock. It is thought to have stabilised in its present structure and position around about 5000 years ago.

Easy to access and a favourite with anglers, the southwest-facing Chesil Beach is one of the highlights of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, more commonly referred to as the 'Jurassic Coast'.


 Flora and Fauna

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Interesting geology


OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Poundbury, Bridport, Beaminster and Lulworth.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Weymouth, Bridport, Dorchester and Bere Regis.

Nearby Attractions




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