Chesil Beach is a shingle spit stretching 18 miles across the idyllic Jurassic coast. Connecting Portland Bill to West Bay (near Bridport), the land-sea divide is wonderful for walking, fishing, bird watching, and watersports including windsurfing. It encapsulates the Fleet Lagoon, an area of salty water; providing perfect conditions for a variety of wildlife. This wonderful slice of shoreland is the largest of it's kind in the UK.
"The origin of the beach continues to be argued over with some proposing it is actually two beaches. The stretch from West Bay to Abbotsbury appears to have different characteristics to the stretch from Abbotsbury to Portland. Chesil Beach shelters Weymouth from the prevailing wind and waves and prevents the area being eroded by wave action. Evidence suggests that the beach is no longer being replenished by natural means."
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