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Geocaching involves solving clues and using a GPS unit to find hidden caches. There are a number of caches along Chesil Beach and the Fleet. Visit the Geocaching website for information on current caches.


The Geograph project aims to collect photographs from every square kilometre of the UK and Eire. There are many pictures of the Fleet and Chesil Beach. Visit the geograph website for more information.

Geological Conservation Review


A review of important geological sites started in 1977 with the bulk of the work carried out in 1990. Later revisions are still continuing. There are eight GCR sites along Chesil Beach and the Fleet and these are listed on the JNCC website.


A plant from the genus salicornia that grows below the high tide line on the sandy/muddy area of the lower Fleet. When burnt the ashes contain soda ash, an important material in the manufacture of soda glass.

Gore Cove


A small cove to the south of Herbury Gore.

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Hamm Beach


The eastern side of the strip of land connecting Portland to the mainland. It is included in the Chesil SAC designated area. Also has the track bed of the dismantled Portland railway running along its length. Look here for more information.

Hardy Way

A 220 mile circular footpath around most of Dorset visiting places associated with the author Thomas Hardy. Part of the route is along the back of Chesil Beach north of Abbotsbury. Visit the Hardy Way website for more information,

Herbury Gore


A spit of land projecting into the mid Fleet. Used as a rifle range by troops preparing for the D-Day landings. It is now farmland. Note that there are no public footpaths on or around the Gore.

Hive or hythe

Old English word for a landing stage or landing place

Holywell spring


A small spring and stream entering the Upper Fleet

Hurricane aircraft

A MK I hurricane crashed into the Mid-Fleet on the 11th August 1940. A number of attempts were made to salvage the plane during the 1970's and 80's but only small parts were recovered. More recently a better-funded salvage attempt was made and filmed for the BBC. Significant parts of the plane were recovered and some were displayed at the Chesil Beach Centre.

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Ilchester Estates

The bed of the Fleet and Chesil Beach adjacent to the Mid and Upper Fleet is owned by the Ilchester Estates. The Estates are based at Melbury House north of Dorchester.

Interceptor drain

Part of the Chiswell flood defence scheme.

The trees around Holywell spring and stream