Stretching nearly 17 miles from Portland in the southeast to West Bay in the northwest, Chesil beach is made up primarily of a huge bank of pebbles. The beach is almost straight, with just the hint of a concave curve as seen from the sea, and consistently around 15m high and 600m wide. The size of the pebbles increases from shingle sized at West Bay to larger pebbles at Portland.
The southeastern section of Chesil Beach backs onto The Fleet Lagoon, which was used by Barnes Wallace to test the bouncing bomb used by the Dambusters in WWII.
Chesil Beach is on the West Dorset Heritage Coast and the Jurassic Coast.
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The tide at Chesil Beach is currently rising. High tide will be at approximately 9:37 PM, and the next low tide will be at approximately 3:15 AM tomorrow.
Today's air pollution levels are forecast to be Low
Approximate sea surface temperature: 9.4°CDetailed weather and tides »
The beach is regularly litter-picked by volunteers.
No lifeguard cover at this beach
Water quality not measured here
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Chesil Bank (Chesil Beach) (0.7 miles)
Moonfleet Adventure Sail Training (1.7 miles)
Jurassic Safari (1.7 miles)
Weymouth Bay Rib Charters (2 miles)
Weymouth Harbour (2 miles)
Castletown D-Day Centre (2 miles)
Stuart Wiltshire Glass (2.1 miles)
Nothe Gardens (2.2 miles)
Gladstones Family Jewellers (2.2 miles)
Nothe Fort (2.3 miles)
All distances are approximate
just over a mile northeast as the seagull flies, around 2 miles by road.
around 3 miles north-northeast as the seagull flies, around 4 miles by road.
around 4 miles northeast as the seagull flies, around 5 miles by road.
around 4 miles northeast as the seagull flies, around 6 miles by road.
around 4 miles southeast as the seagull flies, around 5 miles by road.
Location: Wyke Regis, Weymouth
Location type: Urban
OS Grid: SY658762
Local Authority: Weymouth and Portland
Nearest postcode: DT4 9YU
(for sat-nav purposes only, a beach does not have a postal address!)
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