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.
Type of Beach
Dogs allowed all year
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Chesil Beach tide times
Tue 19th FebruaryHigh 04:13am (5.65m)
Low 11:02am (0.53m)
High 04:38pm (5.60m)
Low 11:22pm (0.52m)
Wed 20th FebruaryHigh 04:59am (5.89m)
Low 11:52am (0.31m)
High 05:23pm (5.74m)
Thu 21st FebruaryLow 12:10am (0.36m)
High 05:43am (5.99m)
Low 12:38pm (0.23m)
High 06:06pm (5.77m)
Fri 22nd FebruaryLow 12:55am (0.34m)
High 06:27am (5.96m)
Low 01:23pm (0.30m)
High 06:50pm (5.67m)