Bowleaze Cove

Bowleaze Cove is a sand and pebble beach just over two miles northeast from Weymouth.  At low tide further patches of sand and a number of rockpools become visible. 

There is a slipway here suitable for launching small craft and a short pier used mainly by anglers.  In summer the beach is popular with families as well as jet-ski enthusiasts and the water is zoned for the safety of bathers.  Children might enjoy paddling in the shallow waters of the cove or in the River Jordan which enters the sea at the beach. 

Above Furzy Cliff, between the cove and the village of Preston visitors might be interested in checking out the ruins of a Roman temple which can be found at Jordan Hill.

From the beach there are good views over the Jurassic coastline towards Weymouth and the Isle of Portland. In peak holiday season this can be a good spot to view the weekly Weymouth firework display.

Facilities include a café and gift shop and a nearby pub.  During the summer season a funfair operates next to the beach and there is a car boot sale on Mondays in the beach car park.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed all year.

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SY 7041 8195


There is pay-and-display car parking.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Bowleaze Cove Reviews

Fantastic day out

Mary Watson
Aug 24th 2021

On the 23rd August my Daughter and two Grandchildren who are 10 and 14 spend a lovely day there. We arrived early in time for breakfast which was a treat. Plenty of space to get the spot we wanted. Having read the description of the beach before we arrived, we all had suitable footwear. After a time it slowly filled up, but not over crowded.  My Granddaughter went in for swim, which she enjoyed, but it was cold. All different age groups, everyone friendly. There was dogs, well behaved, enjoying the water. Lots of paddle boards, no problems there. The rain stayed away, a lovely breeze. Just to add the beach is rubbish free. When people left before us, I notice they picked up everything, as we did as well, brought it home. It did us the world of good and came away refreshed.

Jun 18th 2020

Excellent beach,not commercialised like Weymouth beach.


Rach Mobile
Aug 21st 2021

Beach is mostly large pebbles, so uncomfortable I needed paracetamol the next day for the pain in my feet! The small cove area was sandy but really busy.

What did we get wrong?