Chesil Beach Walk
This walk takes you along Chesil Beach to St Catherine's Chapel in Weymouth, Dorset. The walk starts from the Chesil Beach Centre car park at Portland Harbour. The centre has a welath of information about the area, wildlife exhibitions and a good cafe.
The pebble beach runs for 18 miles with a series of beautiful lagoons on one side and the sea on the other. The Fleet lagoons are also a nature reserve so look out for a variety of coastal birds including Goldeneye and Manx shearwater.
This walk runs from the car park to Abbotsbury where you will find the delightful Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and St Catherine's Chapel which is dated from the 14th century. You can return along the beach or pick up the South West Coast Path at Abbotsbury and return on the other side of the lagoons.
You can also continue all the way along the beach to Burton Bradstock. This section of the beach passes West Bexington Nature Reserve and Burton Mere. The reserve consists of reedbed with grazing marsh and mixed coastal scrub. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna including Cetti's warbler, reed warbler, reed bunting, dormouse and water vole. As such it is another highlight of this wonderful stretch of Dorset coast.
At the end of the beach you will find the splendid Burton Bradstock Estate run by the National Trust.
PostcodeDT4 9XE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chesil Beach Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chesil Beach Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chesil Beach OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chesil Beach Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near the visitor centre at the Weymouth end of the beach you can pick up the Rodwell Trail. This popular shared cycling and walking trail will take you along a disused railway line to the ruins of Sandsfoot Castle and the lovely Radpole Lakes Nature Reserve.
On the route you will pass the worthy village of Langton Herring. The settlement includes a 17th century village pub and nice trails leading to the Moonfleet Manor Hotel. The coastal hotel is in a fine position with wonderful views to enjoy with your delicious afternoon tea.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.