Chesil Beach (Chesil Bank)

  • Chesil Beach - Dorset
  • Chesil Beach - Dorset
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  • Chesil beach is one of the most unusual beaches you will find anywhere in Britain. Stretching nearly 17 miles from Portland to West Bay the beach is comprised of a huge bank of pebbles. The beach is unnaturally straight and consistent along its length with a height of 50 feet (15m) and width of 600 feet (180m). What doesn\‘t remain the same along the length is the pebble size which are bigger at towards Portland.

    The eastern portion of the Chesil bank backs onto Fleet Lagoon, which is where Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb, as used by the Dambusters in World War II, was tested. These days the Fleet is an important conservation area and unique habitat.

    Also known as:

    Chesil Bank

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs allowed all year

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    • Good fishing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Picnic area

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    SY 5594 8455

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    Chesil Beach Reviews

    Aug 25th 2019

    Amazing beach - but used by many many many anglers - and so you’re unable to go down to the shore.