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“Chesil Bank”

Chesil Bank (Chesil Beach)
Ranked #4 of 73 things to do in Weymouth
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54 reviews
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“Chesil Bank”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

A beautiful spot with views of Portland Harbour where the Olympic sailing was held and an ideal spot for all water sports. The Chesil Bank is a tranquil spot with the Fleet Observatory which is free and great for children when you can learn and observe rare sea birds and also book a glass bottom boat trip to explore the protected underwater sea life in the Fleet.

Visited August 2013
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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“ouch”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

great thing to see and walk on better if you have shoes rather than sandals,you can see for miles,used to love it even more when there was navel ships around,still great place to look on the way to portland

Visited October 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Far from the Maddening Crowd.”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

If you do not fancy the tourist delights of Weymouth, which is always busy, then walk or drive down the coast and explore one of the most remarkable features of the British coast which stretches from Weymouth almost to Lyme Regis, along one of the most interesting portions of the coast. Geologists will be fascinated by the evidence of the formation of our landscape along the way, dog walkers will appreciate the miles of unspoilt countryside to be gained from the foreshore, and fishermen will enjoy the limitless opportunities to try their luck. Swimmers will appreciate the lagooons behind the bank which trap and hold the sun's warmth, making swimming a distinct possibility for more than nine months of the year. I

Visited October 2013
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Worcester
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“Great vies”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

What a great place. The visitors centre was really helpful and informative. The beach itself was magical would recommend it to everyone a must see.

Visited September 2013
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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“Magic moment on the pebbles .”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

I last went here as a lad in the Sixties from the Portland end when staying in Weymouth . I remember my brothers and I lobbing baked potato size pebbles into the sea .

Approached it from the Abbotsbury end this time , not that easy to find the route down to the beach car park from here but some fun to be had reversing in the country lanes ! Well the thatched cottages on view en route are stunning anyway .

Being on the Western end this time the pebbles were nearer pea sized showing that the guide books are right and the pebbles are carefully graded in size from West to East by the tides .Contrary to what seems to be commonsense the larger sized pebbles move more quickly leaving the smaller ones behind . Even more amazing that the pebbles formed in an ancient river before being eroded out of cliffs and being swept along the South Coast . Just one of the delights of the Jurassic Coast .

Timed it well with a perfectly clear evening after a day of showers sitting on the top of the pebble-bank and then a magical spontaneous moment a swoosh swoosh a quick jerk of the head up and a flight of geese (Brent geese I think ) literally at fingertips reach overhead in a perfect V shaped flight . There follows a half hour show of various flights making their way to a safe nesting point for the night from the Fleet Lagoon none as near or dramatic as the first though.

All in all quite romantic and at our maturer time of life too no "Chesil Beach" (as per Ian McEwan's story) problems for us on this holiday !

Visited September 2013
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