The Beach Guide

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

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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