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Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove is a secluded beach situated near Easton on the isle of Portland, and is part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The beach is usually very quiet and peaceful which can certainly work in your favour.

It is believed that a Viking invasion was attempted around 780AD which later forced the erection of Rufus Castle. The remains of Rufus Castle offer a picturesque addition to visiting Church Ope Cove as the castle overlooks the beach.

Being surrounded three-ways by cliffs, this often shelters the strong winds that tend to blow over Portland. You’ll also notice an array of vintage-style beach huts on the hill.

Unlike its neighbour Chesil beach, Church Ope Cove used to be made up of finer sand, until rock from Portland’s quarries made its way to the beach, wearing its way into round pebbles.

A day at Church Ope Cove is a unique and peaceful way of exploring Portland and its position on the Jurassic Coast. It is something to be enjoyed by all - relax and embrace the view. There is also an array of rocky areas at the beach, so a spot of rockpooling could be on the cards!

How to get there

Whilst you cannot drive down to Church Ope Cove, Cheyne Weares car park (DT5 2EG) is an approximate 10 minute walk away. From here, you can take the coast path situated next to the car park.

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