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Last updated 30 November 2022

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Visitor Centre

There is only one visitors centre associated with Chesil Beach and the Fleet and that is the Dorset Wildlife Trust Wild Chesil Centre in the car park at Ferrybridge. Click here to visit their site for more information.

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Waverider buoys

Waverider buoys are used to measure wave height, direction and period. There are two located off Chesil Beach that were deployed by the Channel Coast Observatory. One unit is located adjacent to the RE Bridging Camp in Wyke Regis while the other is located just south of the entrance to West Bay Harbour. for live data from the Chesil buoy click here and for the West Bay buoy click here

West Bay

A small port and holiday resort at the North-Western end of Chesil Beach. More information from the websites www.westbay.co.uk and www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk.

West Bexington


A small village on Chesil Beach between Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock.

West Bexington Nature Reserve

An area of wetland adjacent to Chesil Beach and to the north-west of West Bexington. Species to look out for include Cetti’s warbler, dormouse and water vole. See the Dorset Wildlife Trust website for more details.

West Fleet

That part of the Fleet north and west of Rodden Hive Point. Also known as the Upper Fleet.

West Weares


The area on Portland that abuts the southern end of Chesil Beach.

The Works


An area to the north of Herbury Gore where the bay has a man-made barrier across its mouth

Wyke Regis

The area of western Weymouth bordering the lower Fleet.

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X53 bus service

The Jurassic Coast bus service running from Weymouth to Bridport along the B3157. Calls at the villages bordering the Fleet and Chesil Beach. Visit the First Bus website for the timetable.

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Also known as eelgrass. Two species of eelgrass are found in the Fleet: Zostera marina and Zostera noltii. Both grow submerged in the shallow waters of the mid and upper Fleet. Large quantities die-off in the early autumn and can be seen washed up along the whole shoreline of the Fleet as a continuous mound of brown material.

Part of the 1888 OS map of the Works

DWR4 waverider buoy