3 of 5 (31 votes)

A view across Chesil Beach

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Dorset, England, about 13.20km (8.20 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 8m (26ft)
Descent 54m (177ft)
Max. Elevation 60m (196ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 62m (203ft)
Langton Herring
Distance 13.20km
Duration ~3:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 20 Aug 2008
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.

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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.
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 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
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 3.39 km (~2.11 miles) from
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 3.54 km (~2.2 miles) from
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 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SY676789
Once you have finished exploring Chesil Beach, head back into Weymouth for an ice cream.
About 3.24 km (~2.01 miles) from

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