Beaches – Weymouth/Dorchester

There are some great beaches in this area: the fine sand of Weymouth beach for those all important sandcastles to the wilds of Ringstead and the swathe of pebbles making up the Chesil Bank that starts at Portland. Whether you are swimming, paddling, fishing or just relaxing the choice is yours.

White Nothe, Ringstead

Remote tiny beach with towering white cliffs above accessed by an old smugglers path running through the under-cliff.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Weymouth BeachRingstead Bay, Ringstead

Quiet family beach with pebbles and sand and a protecting offshore reef, providing good snorkelling. Cafe/shop next door to car park. Toilets.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Osmington Mills

Rocky beach underneath a well known thatched pub.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth

Mix of sand and shingle beach, with fun fair and car parking.

Overcombe Beach, Weymouth

Sand and shingle. Beach hire shop. Toilets.

Preston Beach, Weymouth

Shingle Beach

Greenhill Beach, Weymouth

Sand and shingle

Weymouth beachWeymouth Beach

The Georgian promenade acts as a backdrop to the long arc of the fine, golden sand beach in the centre of town. There are panoramic views taking in the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. The beach is safe with all the necessary facilities and entertainments expected from a traditional British holiday seaside town.

Newton Cove

Next to Nothe Fort a mixture of shingle, sand and rock pools.

Sandsfoot/Castle Cove

Privately owned sandy beaches under Sandsfoot Castle.

Church Ope Cove

A pretty white shingle cove with beach huts set under the ruins of St Andrew’s Church and Rufus Castle, looking towards the South Dorset Coast.

Hallelujah Bay

Accessed by a path from Chiswell, this is a cove with large pebbles.

Cave Hole, Portland Bill

Look down into the sea cave from the grill above, then climb down a ladder and snorkel among the sea stacks.

Red Crane, Portland Bill

Deep, clear waters for snorkeling, caving, swimming on the East shore of Portland Bill, but be aware of strong offshore currents.

Chesil BeachChesil Cove

Where the 18 mile Chesil Beach starts or finishes depending on your point of view: pebble beach, parking cafe and pubs set behind the beach.

Chesil Beach

An 18 mile 660 foot wide tombolo which has naturally graded pebbles: at the West end they are the size of a peas and at the East the size of a potato. Only safe to swim when the sea is calm. Well know for beach fishing.

Gore Cove

The Fleet Lagoon is a 10 mile salt water lake behind Chesil Beach. The water is warm but brackish. You can swim across to Chesil Beach. This is where Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb, as used by the Dambusters in World War II, was tested.


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