Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove is one of just a few beaches on the Isle of Portland. South-facing and with cliffs on three sides this pebbly beach is sheltered and safe for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

A steep public footpath with many steps descends from the car park. Overlooking the cove are the ruins of Bow and Arrow Castle, the oldest castle on Portland.

Type of Beach


Dog Friendly?

Dogs are allowed. There are no dog bins. Dogs are seldom seen on the beach


Toilets are available at the beach. A cafe and caravan park are nearby.


Parking is available for 15-20 cars. a quarter of a mile away opposite Pennsylvania Castle. Parking is free.


The A354 Weymouth to Portland Bill road leads to the beach. and approximately 180 steps descend from the cliff top next to the museum. There is no wheelchair access beyond Portland Museum.

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Church Ope Cove tide times

  • Tue 19th January

    Low 2:55am (1.55m)
    High 8:35am (4.93m)
    Low 3:20pm (1.60m)
    High 8:55pm (4.57m)
  • Wed 20th January

    Low 3:34am (1.78m)
    High 9:17am (4.68m)
    Low 4:01pm (1.82m)
    High 9:41pm (4.38m)
  • Thu 21st January

    Low 4:20am (1.99m)
    High 10:07am (4.45m)
    Low 4:51pm (2.00m)
    High 10:38pm (4.22m)
  • Fri 22nd January

    Low 5:19am (2.15m)
    High 11:10am (4.27m)
    Low 5:54pm (2.12m)
    High 11:51pm (4.15m)

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