An integral part of the Jurassic Coast which is a designated World Heritage Site, Chesil Beach is an 18 mile long pebble beach that stretches from Portland to Abbotsbury, then continuing on towards West Bay. One of only three major shingle structures in Britain, it is one of the UK’s most unique natural attractions, and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A dynamic and changing landscape dependent upon the weather, sunny days are perfect for a stroll along the beach, whereas more blustery conditions offer the chance to watch the waves crash against the stones. Various attractions and facilities are available in the area of Chesil Beach, including a visitor centre which is open all year. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, the centre has a number of displays about Chesil Beach and its wildlife, including live pictures from the tern colony during nesting season.
The beach is very popular with fishermen, but perhaps its greatest attraction is the fact that even on the busiest days, it is not difficult to walk along the beach and find a peaceful spot to relax and take in the wonderful scenery all around.