Chesil & Fleet A to Z

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A village at the north-west end of the Fleet. Famous for its swannery and tropical gardens. For more information go to the either the village website or the tourism website.
Access along Chesil Beach Access along and to all parts of Chesil Beach from the Wyke Regis boundary stone to Abbotsbury is not permitted during the bird nesting season from 1st April to the end of August. Access to the Fleet slope of the beach from Wyke to Abbotsbury is not permitted at any time to protect the delicate environment. If in doubt contact the Fleet Warden for more information.
Access to Fleet Please use only the declared footpaths to access the area. Please respect farmers' crops when walking. Access to the upper Fleet is restricted to protect sensitive habitats. Please do not leave the footpaths.
Air crashes A number of aircraft have crashed into the Fleet, Chesil Beach, or the adjacent Lyme Bay over the last 100 years. For a complete listing of air crashes in Dorset, including those around Chesil Beach, visit the Dorset air crash website.


The road that runs parallel to the Chesil Beach from Weymouth to Bridport. Be aware this is a narrow, twisty road in places and has major weight and width restrictions.
Bass The Fleet lagoon is a designated bass nursery area. The fish are frequently seen on the underwater camera connected to the Chesil Visitors Centre. Fishing for bass with nets is not permitted anywhere in the Fleet. Angling for bass is only permitted in the lower Fleet from the Narrows to Ferrybridge and only from the shore, but even this is discouraged by the Southern-IFCA (Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority) as a conservation measure.
Benchmarks Chesil Beach has been accurately surveyed by Portsmouth University to aid a number of research projects. There have established a series of reference points along the beach and the position of these is known to high accuracy. A copy of the report listing these points can be downloaded here.

No boats are permitted in the upper Fleet beyond the Langton parish boundary. Canoes and rowing boats are permitted in the mid Fleet above the Narrows but users should exercise extreme care as the seabed comprises extensive areas of soft mud flats which are inter-tidal and the depth of the shallower water cannot be predicted.
Below the Narrows all types of boats are allowed, but there is a 4 knot speed limit and sailing craft are discouraged because of the restricted nature of the water.

Bombing Range The Fleet was used as an experimental bombing range by the RAF before and during World War II. The bombs used during the Dambusters raid were tested on the Fleet.
Bridging Camp The Royal Engineers Bridging Camp is located at The Narrows (NGR SY651774) and is used to train soldiers how to handle boats and build bridges across fast flowing water.
  Bum Point Located in the Upper Fleet within Abbotsbury Swannery at NGR SY572839. The name may be a corruption of Baum Point, meaning a tree-lined promontory. Adjacent to Bum Point is the artificial island created to provide a nesting site for common terns.
  Burton Bradstock A village near the North-western end of Chesil Beach. Click here to go to the village website. NGR SY487895
  Burton Mere An area of water trapped behind Chesil Beach south of Burton Bradstock
  Butterstreet Cove A bay north of Chickerell Hive Point. Much used by wading birds and wildfowl. Access is by Fleet old church or via the South-West Coastal path. At this point the Fleet is at its 950 metres.
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