A lesser known stretch of Chesil beach popular amongst anglers.
Cogden occupies a small stretch of renowned Chesil Beach between the towns of Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock. It is owned by the National Trust and despite its accessibility remains relatively unknown, even amongst locals. Cogden is quiet and peaceful during the height of summer, perfect for escaping the crowds.
Like the rest of Chesil, Cogden has a steep and shelved shingle bank which stretches a far as the eye can see in both directions. On a clear day it is possible to see Portland Bill in the East and Golden Cap and Lyme Regis to the West. The beach is flanked by farmland and reed beds, creating a haven for a number of species of birds. Depending on the season, wild flowers grow though the pebbles, creating a pink and white carpet stretching into the distance.
Throughout the year Cogden is an excellent fishing destination and anglers can often be seen sat in little tents dotted along the shoreline. A range of species can be caught including bass, mackerel, bream and cod in the winter. Dogs are allowed on the beach year round, making it a popular amongst dog walkers.
Parking at Cogden
There is large carpark just a short walk from the beach itself. Parking is free for National Trust members and non members can park on a pay and display basis. There are no facilities at Cogden beach, so make sure you bring a picnic if you’re hoping for food!