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South West Chesil Beach

Formed over 6,000 years ago, Chesil Beach is one of the finest storm beaches in the world. It is 18 miles (29km) long, 660 feet wide, up to 50 feet high and made of 100 million tons of pebbles. The pebbles change in size from pea gravel in the west to potato sized cobbles in the east. The pebbles were pushed onshore by rising sea levels. Chesil Beach protects the Fleet, one of the most important lagoons in Europe.

Chesil Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast, a 95 mile stretch of coastline in Dorset and East Devon which was England's first natural World Heritage Site (UNESCO).

Location: England - Dorset - Weymouth
Chesil Beach starts at the Isle of Portland outside of Weymouth, and continues past Abbotsbury to end at Burton Bradstock near Bridport. The best place to see Chesil Beach is from the Visitor Center on the road to the Isle of Portland. You can also get to it from Abbotsbury (signed turning on the west side of town), West Bexington (signed from the Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury road) or Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach). There is a very good view of Chesil Beach and the Fleet from the coast road west of Abbotsbury, at the top of the hill. The South Coast National Trail takes you along Chesil Beach.
Website: Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon


The beach at the Visitor Center, looking west.

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