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Chesil Beach, Dorset


  • Located in Dorset, South West England, England
  • 'One of the finest storm beaches in the world'*, Chesil Beach is part of Dorset's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • A 29 kilometre (18 mile) long shingle beach, it's up to 200 metres (660 ft) wide and 15 metres (50 ft) high
  • Mostly separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon, Chesil Beach runs from the Isle of Portland in the east to West Bay in the west
  • Owing to the fact that it's made up of little pebbles, the beach can be hard to walk on for great distances
  • With an estimated 180 billion pebbles, the sound of sea on shingle is intoxicating
  • We'd recommend exploring the beach from Burton Bradstock, West Bexington and the large car parking area by Chesil Bank and the Fleet Lagoon Nature Reserve
  • The South West Coast Path runs behind the western section of Chesil Beach
  • *Taken from one of the many local information boards that line Chesil Beach. The full text reads: 'Chesil Beach is one of the finest storm beaches in the world. Formed in the Holocene period over 6000 years ago, it was pushed onshore by rising sea levels and now protects the Weymouth lowland and the Fleet, one of the most important lagoons in Europe'
  • It continues: '29 km long, up to 15 metres high and made of 100 million tonnes of pebbles, Chesil justifiably warrants the name 'Big Beach'! Highly dynamic, the beach is still moving inland at about 5 metres per century due to storm overwash. The pebbles grade in size from pea gravel in the west to potato sized cobbles in the east. It is often claimed that on foggy nights fishermen or smugglers were able to tell which part of the beach they had landed on by the shingle size'
  • 'The origin of the beach is a matter of scientific speculation. Some believe that the pebbles were gathered up from the floor of Lyme Bay as sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age. Others think that the pebbles are derived from the landslides that formed in the West Dorset and East Devon cliffs during the Ice Age. As rising sea levels cut into these, they delivered huge quantities of shingle onto the beach. Today however, the supply of shingle is greatly reduced and the beach can only diminish in size over time'
  • By James Penman

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Chesil Beach, Dorset


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Chesil Bank and the Fleet Lagoon Nature Reserve, Dorset

Located in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England, England

Approximately 2.6 miles away.

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The Bakehouse, Weymouth
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Approximately 2.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 6; Rates: 130 - 200 Per Night

Just metres from Weymoutha s harbour and sandy, golden beach, this beautifully restored Georgian town house is now a 5-star guest house offering free Wi-Fi, free parking and luxurious en suite rooms...

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Letterbox Guest House, Weymouth
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Approximately 2.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 7; Rates: 90 - 165 Per Night

On the Esplanade, overlooking Weymouth beach and close to the old town and the harbour, this stunning Georgian town house offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and attractive rooms...

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Bed & Breakfast Weymouth, Weymouth
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Approximately 2.7 miles away.

Total Rooms: 26; Rates: 65 - 195 Per Night

Right on the seafront, close to the station and the town centre, this beautifully preserved building has been transformed into stylish, modern accommodation with free Wi-Fi throughout...

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