A view across Chesil Beach

Submitted by Timwoods on 20 August 2008
OS Explorer Map: OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset
 
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A linear, full-day coast walk in England starting at Langton Herring, Dorset, about 15km (roughly 9 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. At 18 miles, walking the whole of Chesil Beach would make for a long day out. This walk, which starts at the village of Langton Herring, is a more managable length for a day walk. The route follows the South West Coast path and gives you great views of the famous pebble beach from across the Fleet Lagoon. It's also possible to get onto the beach from the end of the walk, just south of Weymouth. Start: Langton Herring, OS Grid: SY614824
End: Weymouth, OS Grid: SY668765
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 141m (464ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 332m (1090ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 191m (626ft)
Max. Elevation: 60m (196ft)

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OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset
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OS Grid: SY613823
The walk starts in Langton Herring, which is served by several bus routes. Follow the road heading south opposite the church, and pick up the footpath at the end.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SY615806
The footpath joins the South West Coast path just north of Gore Cove. Already you can see the steep pebbly ridge of Chesil Beach. Head southeast along the coast past Herbury Hotel.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SY643787
The path follows the coastline to the mud flats of East Fleet lagoon, a protected wildlife reserve. It's a great place for bird watching - visit http://www.chesilbeach.org/Fleet/ for a list of species to look out for.
About 4 km (roughly 3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SY666760
This small spit of land connects the mainland with the Isle of Portland - another interesting walk can be done around the coast here. Follow the road across the strip of land to Chesil Beach.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SY657763
This beach, part of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, is a dramatic place to sit and watch the waves come crashing in. It's much safer to stay at the top of the ridge - the waves can be unexpectedly large! It's not safe to swim here either.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SY676789
Once you have finished exploring Chesil Beach, head back into Weymouth for an ice cream.
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