British Beaches

Visitor information for every beach in the UK

"On her ship, tied to the mast"

Chesil Beach

(Chesil Bank Beach)

Dorset, England

Rate this beach!
Approximate Location Map

Use two fingers to pan or zoom the map

Chesil Beach is one of the natural wonders of the UK.

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.

Pebble Shingle

Weather and tides for Saturday 18 May

Chance of rain 86%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 7mph
Max UV Index
Chance of rain 6%
Min temp. 13°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 4mph

The tide at Chesil Beach is currently rising. High tide will be at approximately 4:16 PM, and the next low tide will be at approximately 10:02 PM.

Today's air pollution levels are forecast to be Low

Approximate sea surface temperature:   12.5°C  

Detailed weather and tides »

Recommended holiday cottages near Chesil Beach

Things to do and see in the area

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)

Places to eat near Chesil Beach

Crab House Cafe (310 yards)
Taste Cafe at Chesil Beach (190 yards)

All distances are approximate

Other beaches nearby

Location: Wyke Regis, Weymouth

Location type: Urban

OS Grid: SY658762

County: Dorset

Country: England

Local Authority: Weymouth and Portland

Parish: Portland

Nearest postcode: DT4 9YU

(for sat-nav purposes only, a beach does not have a postal address!)

Important! Beach information is compiled from a variety of different sources and is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of compilation. However, information may be incorrectly supplied by our sources or go out of date after publication. makes no warranty as to the accuracy of any information on this page.

Stuff you might want for the beach!

(Or après-beach. Or pre-beach. Or, just because you might want stuff)

Visitor information for Chesil Beach, Dorset, England. Weather, tides, visitor comments, beach facilities, photos, nearest postcode, beach information and nearby accommodation.

British Beaches is a Good Stuff website. Sat, 18 May 2024 12:26:12 +0100