Category:Beaches of Dorset
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The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bournemouth – Bournemouth /ˈbɔːrnməθ/ is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 96-mile World Heritage Site. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491 making it the largest settlement in Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Dr Granvilles book. Bournemouths growth really accelerated with the arrival of the railway and it became a town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, the local council is Bournemouth Borough Council. The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202-foot spire of St Peters Church, Bournemouths location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife. The town is also a centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC. The word bourne, meaning a stream, is a derivative of burna. A travel guide published in 1831 calls the place Bourne Cliffe or Tregonwells Bourne after its founder, the Spas of England, published ten years later, calls it simply Bourne as does an 1838 edition of the Hampshire Advertiser. In the late 19th century Bournemouth became predominant, although its two-word form appears to have remained in use up until at least the early 20th century, in the 12th century the region around the mouth of the River Bourne was part of the Hundred of Holdenhurst. Although the Dorset and Hampshire region surrounding it had been the site of settlement for thousands of years, Westover was largely a remote. In 1574 the Earl of Southampton noted that the area was Devoid of all habitation, on this barren and uncultivated heath there was not a human to direct us. Bronze Age burials near Moordown, and the discovery of Iron Age pottery on the East Cliff in 1969, Hengistbury Head, added to the borough in 1932, was the site of a much older Palaeolithic encampment. No-one lived at the mouth of the Bourne river and the regular visitors to the area before the 19th century were a few fishermen, turf cutters. Prior to the Christchurch Inclosures Act 1802, more than 70% of the Westover area was common land, in 1809 the Tapps Arms public house appeared on the heath. A few years later, in 1812, the first official residents, retired army officer Lewis Tregonwell and his wife, the area was well known to Tregonwell who, during the Napoleonic wars, spent much of his time searching the heath and coastline for French invaders and smugglers
2. Bowleaze Cove – Bowleaze Cove is a small sand and shingle beach, near the village of Preston, just to the northeast of Weymouth, Dorset, England. The cove is on the Jurassic Coast and is known for its geology, the beach is made up of mainly shingle and shell with some sandy areas. It is a family beach during the summer season and has a slipway for launching small craft. There are rock pools to explore at low tide and a small pier dividing the beach near to where the River Jordan flows out onto the beach and it is often a mark for anglers during late evening especially further along the beach heading towards Overcombe. At Bowleaze are the Fantasy Island Funfair, a takeaway, during the warmer months from Easter onwards every Monday there is a market and car boot sale based in the car parking areas. Bowleaze Cove provides excellent views over Weymouth and during the weeks of the summer the weekly Weymouth firework displays can be seen from here. A Roman temple remains are located on Jordan Hill, leading down to Bowleaze, just to the west is Furzy Cliff. There is a cliff walk from Bowleaze passing the Broadrock cliffs, Redcliff Point. The hill figure of the Osmington White Horse can also be seen from the area, the cove is dominated by the Riviera Hotel. This Grade II listed Spanish-style 1940s building was formerly a Pontins, in November 2009 the hotel was sold for a reported £3.5 million to Saudi Arabian investors. It has undergone a £4 million refit and is due to reopen in the spring of 2012, in 1816–17, the artist John Constable painted Weymouth Bay, Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill while on his honeymoon. The painting is now in the National Gallery, London, List of Dorset beaches List of places on the Jurassic Coast Greenhill, Dorset Pictures of Bowleaze
3. Burton Bradstock – Burton Bradstock is a village and civil parish in West Dorset, England, situated approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Bridport and 0.5 miles inland from the English Channel at Chesil Beach. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 948, Burton Bradstock village lies in the Bride Valley, close to the mouth of the small River Bride. The church dates largely from the late 14th or early 15th century, the name Burton Bradstock derives from Brideton and Bradenstock, the latter referring to the Wiltshire abbey which once owned the village. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Bridetone and had 28.7 households, Burton Bradstock lies on Dorsets Jurassic Coast, which in the vicinity of the village comprises vertical cliffs up to 45 metres high. Near the top of cliffs is a layer of Inferior Oolite. Rockfalls result in these being accessible to fossil hunters on the beach beneath, at Hive Beach there is a gap in the cliffs, the National Trust own the land here, and provide a car park. There is a yearly Spring Tide Festival on the beach, the village has several local footpaths including one to the beach and the coastpath to West Bay. The musician Billy Bragg lives in the village, Burton Bradstock Online - Community Website
4. Castle Cove, Weymouth – Castle Cove, also locally known as Sandsfoot Cove, is a small secluded sandy beach to the west of Weymouth, in Dorset, southern England. It is found within the village of Wyke Regis, and close to Sandsfoot Castle - one of Henry VIIIs Device Forts, built around 1541 opposite its contemporary Portland Castle to protect Portland Harbour. The beach is owned, but has remained open to the public until recent years following the removal of steps leading to the cove following unstable movements within the land. The usually quiet and uncrowded beach has remained a favourite spot for swimming, sailing, snorkelling and diving. The club has over 450 memberships, a refreshment kiosk had been on the site since 1947. During the 21st century, a fast food outlet was opened on the beach, planning permission had also been granted for eight beach huts to be built on the beach, before lapsing in mid-2012. Eventually the owner, who ran The Shack cafe for 18 months, in July 2012, Castle Cove was auctioned at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, and sold for £90,500 – thousands of pounds over its original guide price of £65,000 to £75,000. This bidding war was due to the potential of premium views of the sailing events of the 2012 Summer Olympics. We know people are passionate about this beach and we are too. Launched on 22 March 2014, the petition had attracted over 1700 signatures, including almost 800 online, List of places on the Jurassic Coast List of Dorset beaches
5. Charmouth – Charmouth is a village and civil parish at the mouth of the River Char in West Dorset, England. Dorset County Council estimate that in 2013 the population of the parish was 1,310. In the 2011 census the population of the parish, combined with the parish of Catherston Leweston to the north, was 1,352. The history of Charmouth dates back to the Iron Age when a Celtic tribe, evidence of hill forts can still be seen in the area. The name Charmouth originated from the Saxon Cerne meaning stony river, historian George Roberts wrote, During the Saxon period, the neighbouring coast was particularly subject to the invasions of the Danes, concerning whom so much has been written. In 787, the Danes, Northern men, or Normans, a. D.833, according to the Saxon Chronicle, though some of our historians place the event in 831 or 832, a dreadful battle was fought at Charmouth. The Danes having met with repulses in other parts of the kingdom sailed to Charmouth where having landed, Speed says, they made cruel ravage and slaughter. Their fleet consisted of 35 ships, containing a powerful army, their force, Huntingdon remarks, must have amounted to 17,500 men. Egbert collected the whole force of the county, and marched to attack them, after they had continued their ravages, according to Matthew of Westminster, about a twelve month. The king had nearly succeeded in cutting them off as they were forming, he threw them into great confusion, the Saxons were routed, the night alone prevented their destruction by the infuriated invaders, by the favour of which, Speed says, the king hardly escaped. Among the number of the slain were two earls, his officers, Dudda and Osmond, Wigen, bishop of Sherborne. The Danes, finding a settlement would be liable to the attacks of the brave Egbert, retired to their ships with precipitation and they continued to hover about the coast. In 840, they effected a landing on the same spot, a successive series of invasions followed. In 1086 in the Domesday Book Charmouth was recorded as Cernemude and it was in Whitchurch Canonicorum Hundred and the tenant-in-chief was Count Robert of Mortain. A small trading ship was bound for St Malo. On the following day Charles left Charmouth pursued by troops, who were alerted to his presence by an employee of the inn. The buildings on either side of Charmouths main street vary in age, some of the cottages date from the 17th or 18th centuries. A number of buildings in the village have listed building status, abbots House is a grade II listed, early 16th-century house that was re-faced in the 18th century
6. Chesil Beach – Chesil Beach /ˈtʃɛzᵻl/, sometimes called Chesil Bank, in Dorset, southern England is one of three major shingle structures in Britain. Its toponym is derived from the Old English ceosel or cisel, the shingle beach is 29 kilometres long,200 metres wide and 15 metres high. The beach and the Fleet are part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the eastern end of the beach at the village of Chiswell, against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, the beach curves round sharply to form Chesil Cove. This part of the beach protects the village from flooding. The beach has been the scene of many shipwrecks, and as such was named by Thomas Hardy as Dead Mans Bay, westwards the shingle forms a straight line along the coast, enclosing the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. The beach provides shelter from the winds and waves for the town of Weymouth. It is said that smugglers who landed on the beach in the middle of the night could judge exactly where they were by the size of the shingle, there are three owners of the beach. The Crown Estates own the beach from Portland to its boundary stone at Littlesea, finally from West Bexington to West Bay it is owned by the National Trust. The whole of Chesil Beach south from the Portland Bound Stone is registered common land over which there is a right of access on foot. The origin of Chesil Beach has been argued over for some time, originally it was believed that beach material was from the Budleigh Salterton pebble beds to the west and later from Portland to the south east. Normally, tombolos are created due to the effects of the island on waves and to sediment transport, fossils occur all along the landward shore of the Fleet and along the landward side of Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury to West Bay. The main site is at Burton Bradstock, there have been many shipwrecks on Chesil Beach, particularly during the age of sail. The beach was particularly dangerous within the English Channel, as it forms an extended lee shore during south-westerly gales, a ship coming up the Channel had to clear Portland Bill to be safe, but the wind and tide would be pushing it northwards into Lyme Bay. At present there are no manned stations along the beach, as coverage is provided when required from Portland Coastguard, the local fishermen, particularly at Portland, developed a purpose-built vessel to withstand the sea actions of Chesil Beach. The boat, known as a Lerret, is an open fishing boat - 16–17 feet long - used for seine net fishing. It is usually rowed by four people with a fifth to steer, much of the villages Fleet and Chiswell were destroyed in the Great Storm of 1824. Over the centuries Chiswell had battled with the sea and was flooded during rough winter storms. In the storms the sea would pour through the part of the bank
7. Chesil Cove – Chesil Cove is a cove situated at the most southerly part of the 29-kilometre long Chesil Beach in Dorset, England. Chesil Beach itself is one of three major structures in Britain, extending from West Bay to Portland, the latter acting as a large groyne holding the beach in place. It also provides shelter from the winds and waves for the town of Weymouth. Chesil Beach, and the cove, have seen cases of shipwrecks, more so than most other parts of the British coast. Chesil Beach became infamously known as Deadmans Bay, taken after the name Thomas Hardy gave West Bay, including Chesil Cove, the local fishermen, particularly at Portland, developed a purpose-built vessel to withstand the sea actions at Chesil Beach. The boat, known as a Lerret, is an open fishing boat. The 18th-century public house The Cove House Inn remains one of Portlands most popular pubs and is Grade II Listed, despite its particularly vulnerable position on the beach, the pub was a survivor of the Great Storm of 1824. Despite its vulnerability to sea storms and flooding, Chiswell continued to develop into a thriving community, one of the best-documented incidents of flooding occurred in the Great Storm of 1824. The storm saw the death of thirty residents, the destruction of eighty houses, the construction of a sea wall finally commenced in 1958, and work on this scheme continued until 1965. The wall extended from the far end of Chesil Cove, at West Weares, a promenade was laid-out on top of the wall, and this became a popular attraction. Despite the sea wall proving a worthy defence, incidents of flooding were not a thing of the past. During December 1978 and February 1979, two storms caused further devastation to Chiswell. The flooding led to further defence installations during the 1980s, during January–February 2014, violent storms across the south-west of England caused more flooding in the village, which received a lot of national and international attention. Chesil Cove is a site for scuba divers. It has become one of the best known shore dives in the UK, the cove is a reasonably shallow shore dive, and has an interesting selection of south coast marine life, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna. Although there have been many shipwrecks in the cove, few significant divable remains exist close to the due to its exposure to strong waves. Through fishing, the beach provided the main occupation for the villagers of Chiswell, the beach is still used by sea anglers and the British record for shore-captured shore rockling was set there in 1992. Recreational fishing is a pastime at the cove
8. Church Ope Cove – Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Isle of Portland in Dorset, southern England. It is found close to the village of Wakeham, the beach has many unusual features for the Isle of Portland. The beach used to be sandy, but quarry debris now covers the sand, the pebbles cover a small stream which runs to the sea, which is one of the few active streams remaining on the Isle of Portland. In 789 AD, the first recorded Viking attack within British Isles, including Ireland and it is believed that Church Ope Cove was the location. The exposed location was later defended by the Norman 12th-century Rufus Castle, the remaining castle seen today dates from the late 15th-century. The coves area was used for the building of Portlands first parish church, St Andrews Church. Between 1797-1800, John Penn, Governor of Portland and grandson of William Penn, during the early 19th-century he had a bath built below the gardens of his castle, known as John Penns Bath. However, when it was completed, the Court Leet demanded a rent for its use after it was built on Common Land. Penn refused to pay, and the bath was abandoned, with the still in existence today. Penns servants would have been tasked with bringing water up from the cove to the bath, Portland had a large history of smuggling, and Church Ope Cove was one of the famous smuggling beaches. Into the 20th-century, fishing was still an industry that used the beach for the launching of boats, for decades, an old rusting hand winch has been left lying on the beach, and is a reminder of the fishing trade. As part of the anti-invasion measures during World War II, two pillboxes were constructed to look over Church Ope Cove, a minefield was also placed at the back of the cove. The beach is one of the few beaches on Portland, as the fishing industry declined, the cove became a favourite sheltered beach for swimming and today continues to be popular for fishing, snorkelling and swimming. The beach provides diving access to the wrecks in the surrounding waters too. To access the beach there are two paths, the main path follows the road past Portland Museum and leads under the arch bridge of Rufus Castle, then down concrete steps to the cove. These were laid out by the council in 1906, at a time when the beach was becoming increasingly popular as a recreational area. The view point above the steps, looking down on the cove, is part of the coastal path. The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 155 kilometres, from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, in the east
9. Greenhill, Dorset – Greenhill is a suburb to the northeast of Weymouth in Dorset, England, with a sand and shingle beach. The A353 road, locally known as Greenhill, runs parallel, to the northeast it becomes Preston Road, leading to the village of Preston. Also to the northeast along the coast are Furzy Cliff, Jordan Hill, to the southwest is the sandy Weymouth Beach and seaward is Weymouth Bay. List of Dorset beaches List of places on the Jurassic Coast Media related to Greenhill, Dorset at Wikimedia Commons Map sources for Greenhill, Dorset