You’d be hard pushed to find a longer beach than Dorset’s natural wonder – Chesil Beach. This pebbly beach rolls on for 18 miles, and as you can access it from various points along the way it’s a great place if you fancy a walk or to take advantage of its seriously impressive sea fishing. Pick a quiet section for a wander, visit the Fleet Nature Reserve or take your dog to make the most of the longest dog friendly beach you’re ever likely to discover.
Chesil Beach rolls for miles between Portland and West Bay, and the Fleet Lagoon that separates it from the mainland stretches for 13km. Chesil Beach and the lagoon and both vital habitats for wildlife, so a stroll along the beach is a nice opportunity to spot some of the local species during your holiday in Dorset.
Chesil Beach lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast (which dates back a mind-boggling 180 million years), and it’s also a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. If you’re staying in Weymouth, Portland or nearby a walk on Chesil Beach should be at the top of your list of activities – after all, how often do you get to stroll through an area with hundreds of millions of years of history to its name? These days the closest things you’ll see to dinosaurs are the dogs making the most of the beach’s dog friendly status, and remember they’re welcome all year round.