Church Ope CoveIsle of Portland Category Outdoor Activities, For the Family, Nature & Wildlife
One of the few beaches on Portland, it has pebbly shores and cliffs on three sides which shelter bathers from the prevailing wind.
Rufus Castle overlooks the cove and the ruins of Old St Andrew’s church can be reached by steps and footpaths from cove. The area is a haven for bird watchers and dolphins have sometimes been sighted in the Channel.
Bathing within the cove is clean and safe, but bathing outside the cove limits is for experienced swimmers only. Beware of strong currents. The steps may be a bit much for little legs – and a complete no-no for pushchairs.