Stretching North West from Weymouth and Portland to West Bay, this 18-mile beach is a perfect place for walking, fishing, diving and bird watching. The shingle spit protects Weymouth from the wind and waves and can prevent erosion. This breathtaking pebble beach is seperated from the mainland by an area of saline water, the Fleet Lagoon.
Chesil Beach lies at the centre of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chesil Bank and Fleet Lagoon have a large part in Weymouth’s decorative history. The Eastern end of Chesil Beach lies against the cliffs of Portland, settling in the quaint village of Chiswell. The bank and lagoon originally protected Chiswell from flooding and erosion. The beach was named “Dead Man’s Bay” by Thomas Hardy, as its waters saw so many shipwrecks!
It is not advisable to swim off the Portland Island end of Chesil Beach because there is a strong under tow, but along at West Bay it is safer.