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

  • Wed 19th September

    High 12:45am (4.08m)
    Low 07:21am (2.34m)
    High 01:30pm (4.24m)
    Low 08:09pm (2.25m)
  • Thu 20th September

    High 02:13am (4.20m)
    Low 08:45am (2.18m)
    High 02:42pm (4.47m)
    Low 09:22pm (1.98m)
  • Fri 21st September

    High 03:13am (4.47m)
    Low 09:47am (1.88m)
    High 03:33pm (4.77m)
    Low 10:14pm (1.67m)
  • Sat 22nd September

    High 03:57am (4.75m)
    Low 10:33am (1.59m)
    High 04:13pm (5.04m)
    Low 10:55pm (1.40m)

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