Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon

18 miles and 180 billion pebbles

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Visiting for the first time

If you are visiting Chesil Beach for the first time you may like to note the following for your own safety and convenience.

The seaward side of the beach is a wave-swept environment that changes during every storm. The pebbles are generally very unstable and whilst it is easy to go down the beach to the shore, getting back up can be a physical challenge because of the loose pebbles.

The actual beach has no facilities at all, it is an open pebble environment. All facilities are located in the car parks at Chiswell, Ferrybridge, Abbotsbury, West Bexington or West Bay

Do not venture close to the shore line. Even in calm conditions large waves can suddenly appear.

The shoreline of the beach is very steep and this can result in a very strong undertow under some wave conditions. It is strongly recommend that you do not swim off the beach unless you are familiar with the local conditions.

Storm conditions

Under storm conditions the waves on Chesil Beach can be a spectacular sight and sound. However, we would urge caution when visiting the beach under these conditions. In recent years there have been a number of unfortunate incidents when visitors have underestimated the power of the sea.

 As you climb the beach the wind will not feel too strong, but as you reach the top you will feel the full force of the wind. Be prepared for the change of conditions

Do not go beyond the top of the beach. The wave patterns can change very quickly and the waves come much further up the beach than you may expect.

Under storm conditions the air is full of salt spray. Be aware of the effect that this can have on delicate electronic equipment such as cameras.

Storms can bring a huge amount and variety of flotsam and jetsam onto the beach. Some of this can be dangerous, such as oil, chemical drums, and decomposing animals. If you have any doubts, do not touch!

Wave dodging

Wave dodging can be fun, but not recommended under storm conditions!

We hope you enjoy your visit to Chesil Beach

Please do not remove any pebbles, they are needed to ensure the survival of Weymouth. The beach is no longer being replenished from natural sources

Please take your litter home