What’s So Special about Fleet Lagoon?
28 / October / 2022
Fleet Lagoon is an area of water between Chesil Beach and the mainland. At over eight miles long and occupying 480 hectares, it’s England’s largest lagoon. Stretching from Abbotsbury in the west to Ferry Bridge in the east where it opens into the sea, the site has been described as the finest example of a lagoon of its type in the UK, so it’s well worth a visit. Here are some more reasons why it’s such a special place.
Fleet Lagoon offers a unique setting that’s a beautiful spot for ambles with plenty of photo worthy scenery. Designated An Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Fleet, which is totally unique to Chesil Beach, has to be seen to be believed. Surrounded by the 18-mile-long beach and framed by rural beauty, the Fleet makes a serene and beautiful setting for a UK getaway.
Fleet Lagoon is an oasis of calm and a vital feeding area for wildlife. So it comes as no surprise that it has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation. In fact, the lagoon is protected under an array of national and international agreements, as well as being part of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Home to over 150 species of seaweed, 25 species of fish and 60 species of molluscs, the lagoon boasts a diverse range of animals, birds and plants that call it home.
Fleet Lagoon has a rich history and was an important location in the Second World War. Due to the low population in the area, the Fleet was used for military training, including the testing of the Bouncing Bomb. There is an array of pillboxes located near the lagoon and other remaining historic structures that relate to the war.
Stories of past smuggling in the area add another level to the rich history of the Fleet. The lagoon was also the setting and inspiration for the novel about smuggling by J. Meade Faulkner, “Moonfleet” published in 1898.
Where to stay near Fleet Lagoon
Chesil Beach Holiday Park offers luxurious accommodation in a beautiful location beside the coast, with direct access to the South West Coast Path which is adjacent to Fleet Lagoon. When you’re not taking scenic strolls on Chesil Beach and enjoying views of the Fleet, you’ll find plenty of facilities here to keep you entertained.
Onsite facilities include a heated pool and sauna, a gym, an arcade and play areas for children. There’s also bike rental and watersports available if you’re looking to get active in the stunning surroundings. Or you can make the most of the outdoor gym and football pitch.
When it comes to eating and drinking, you’ll find a fantastic menu at Breeze Bar and Grill which offers incredible views over Fleet Lagoon.
Evening entertainment takes place at The Venue which has a fully stocked bar offering a variety of beverages.
You’ll also find an impressive choice of accommodation options at the park such as the beautiful Seaview Holiday Homes that offer stunning views over the magical Fleet Lagoon.
Book a last-minute getaway and experience the beauty of Fleet Lagoon.