British Beaches

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Church Ope Cove Beach

Weymouth, Dorset

This beach is formed by a large expanse of limestone pebbles and is backed by cliffs on three sides which shelter bathers from the prevailing winds. Rufus Castle overlooks the beach which is south facing and safe for swimming. There are also a number of privately owned beach huts.

Beach Type



Toilets are available at the beach
A cafe and caravan park are nearby


Snorkelling and fishing take place off the beach

Nature and Wildlife

There are numerous and well marked footpaths on Portland and the island affords superb cliff-top views. Portland is soon to be integrated into the South West Coastal path. Rufus Castle overlooks the Cove and the ruins of Old St. Andrew's church can be rea

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned twice a year by local working parties. and as required by the beach hut owners. Litter bins are provided.


Dogs are allowed. There are no dog bins. but dogs are seldom seen on the beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre Antelope Walk Dorchester Dorset DT1 1BE [email protected] 01305 267992


Nearest town: Weymouth
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5356, -2.42675
Postcode: DT5 1HU
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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The A354 Weymouth to Portland Bill road leads to the beach. and approximately 180 steps descend from the cliff top next to the museum. There is no wheelchair access beyond Portland Museum.

Public Transport

The nearest train station is 7 miles away. in Weymouth. The First National bus route 1a (Weymouth to Portland) leaves Weymouth hourly from 10.15am Monday to Saturday (last one 17.15pm). The buses are more frequent in Summer. Ring 01305 783645 for det

Nearest Railway Stations

Weymouth (Approx. 5 miles away)
Upwey (Approx. 8 miles away)
Wool (Approx. 13 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking is available for 15-20 cars. a quarter of a mile away opposite Pennsylvania Castle. Parking is free.

Nearby Car Parks

Church Ope, Easton (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Cheyne Weare, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Easton, Easton (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Easton Recreation Ground, Easton (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
New Ground, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Fotuneswell, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Hambro, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Portland Bill, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Lord Clyde, Portland (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Chesil Beach, Fortuneswell (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Weymouth