Church Ope Cove


Church Ope Cove
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

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.


Swimming, snorkelling and fishing take place off the beach. Visit the castle or Portland Museum, a short distance from the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

There are numerous and well-marked footpaths on Portland and the island affords superb cliff-top views. The area is a haven for bird watchers and dolphins have sometimes been sighted in the channel.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Church Ope Cove

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Parking is available for 15-20 cars a quarter of a mile away opposite Pennsylvania Castle - no charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned twice a year