Chesil Beach

Chesil beach view
Chesil bank

Chesil Beach, linking the Isle of Portland with the mainland, is a seventeen mile long stretch of mystery. The origin of this unique shingle ridge still baffles geographers and geologists, whose theories cannot easily explain why the pebbles are graded from east to west, with the biggest at the Portland end.

Facilities exist at West Weares, Portland, Ferrybridge, Moonfleet, Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock although the sea off Chesil Beach is treacherous for both swimmers and sailors alike.

It is illegal to remove pebbles from the beach, a fact that has recently caused Ian Mc Ewan, the author of 2007 novella On Chesil Beach, to be threatened with a fine. He admitted removing a handful of stones and keeping them on his desk while writing the book.

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Chesil Beach tide times

  • Thu 16th November

    High 03:03am (5.20m)
    Low 09:43am (1.29m)
    High 03:22pm (5.33m)
    Low 10:06pm (1.14m)
  • Fri 17th November

    High 03:42am (5.34m)
    Low 10:23am (1.19m)
    High 03:59pm (5.39m)
    Low 10:43pm (1.11m)
  • Sat 18th November

    High 04:17am (5.43m)
    Low 10:59am (1.15m)
    High 04:33pm (5.41m)
    Low 11:17pm (1.12m)
  • Sun 19th November

    High 04:50am (5.47m)
    Low 11:33am (1.15m)
    High 05:06pm (5.38m)
    Low 11:48pm (1.16m)

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