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Chesil Beach Review

A 5-mile-long spit jutting south from Weymouth leads to the Isle of Portland, well known for its limestone and as the setting for Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. The spit is the eastern end of the unique geological curiosity known as Chesil Beach—a 200-yard-wide, 30-foot-high bank of pebbles that decrease in size from east to west. The beach extends for 18 miles. A powerful undertow makes swimming dangerous, and tombstones in local churchyards attest to the many shipwrecks the beach has caused. There are walking and cycle trails along the rugged coastline.

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  • Address: Weymouth
  • Location: Weymouth
Updated: 06-10-2013

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