Chesil Beach

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly

Season: spring

This is a spectacular setting in any weather, but on this occasion the full length of the beach, including the fleets, was laid out in front of me as I descended by road towards the Abbotsbury end of Chesil Beach.  A beach clean was being organised by interviewee John for Dorset County Council and I was able to learn from him about the unique geography here.

Spring visit photo gallery


John’s long term relationship with Chesil Beach.


The sound of the sea at the Abbotsbury end of Chesil Beach.

Season: autumn

This spectacular eighteen miles long pebble beach stretches North West from Portland to West Bay, separated from the mainland by the Fleet lagoon.  The area of shallow sand dunes overlaying shingle that points east and inward towards Portland harbour is known as Hamm Beach.  Both of the beaches and the lagoon are in the centre of the Jurassic Coast and part of the only UNESCO designated World Heritage site in the UK.  There’s prolific wildlife here, including a tern colony in the Fleet Nature Reserve.  This is a special place, highly recommended.

Autumn visit photo gallery


A group chat with Andy, Katie, Mark, Sonya, Nana and Hattie.


The beautiful panorama to be seen from the Portland end of Chesil Beach.

One thought on “Chesil Beach

  1. Grant

    To me the beach is a spiritual place that allows me to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life by contemplating the vast emptiness of existence. It is a place I like to visit no matter what the season and I am grateful for the opportunity it allows me to explore or simply walk amongst the pebbles and sand.


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