View of Chesil Beach: View of the pebbles and sea on Chesil Beach from Quiddles Cafe on the promenade at Chesil Cove, Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (1)

A walk on a fine sunny day along the Chesil Bank on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a wonderful, if tiring, experience even if you only travel a few of its 17 miles length.

All the senses are assailed.

Beautiful views, in strong reflecting light, of the pebble beach, the seafoam-flecked blue-green sea, and pale blue cloudless sky. The squint of sun on your face and in your eyes.

The feel of the slipping, sliding pebbles beneath your feet – the ache in your muscles after you have been walking for five hours on the shingle. The warmth of sun-baked smooth pebbles in your hand.

The all-encompassing roar as the sea crashes ashore, flinging yet more stones onto the terraced banks. The scream of thousands of pebbles as they are dragged back under water by the retreating waves. The gulls.

A walk in this fabulous place can bring rewards of spiritual as well as physical well-being.

Waves and pebbles on Chesil Beach: A wave just breaking onto the pebbles at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (2)

Chesil beach pebbles and waves: A wave the moment before it breaks on the shore at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (3)

Pebbles on the beach and seafoam on the waves: Pebbles and seafoam at Chesil beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (4)

Jurassic Coast pebbles: Wet pebbles at the water's edge on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (5)

Sea, surf and pebbles at Chesil beach: View of the water's edge with sea and pebbles on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (6)

P.S. Quiddles Cafe at the end of the promenade in Chesil Cove is a great place for a well-earned refreshment break at the end of the beach walk – or any other time!


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8 Replies to “Chesil Beach Pebbles & Waves”

  1. Thank you, Ian. It was one of those gloriously perfect days and places that made me want to laugh out loud with joy – despite the sore feet.


  2. Hey, great blog. We live in Hawkchurch so often visit many of the Jurassic beaches with kids and dog in tow!!! Charmouth is our favourite though a tad dodgy recently due to extreme mud 🙂 I have taken some of my favourite pics there and done many paintings from those, including multimedia with driftwood and shells stuck on.
    Just want to encourage you, it’s great to see these pages. Keep it up 🙂


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