Church Ope Cove Beach -Secret Pirate Beach-
The Church Ope Cove is a hidden small beach in Portland, due to having cliffs on three sides, is often sheltered from prevailing wind. The cove became a favourite sheltered beach for swimming and today continues to be popular for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and diving.
Church Ope is accessible from Wakeham. Follow signs for Portland Museum, park in the public car park. To access the beach there are 2 paths. The main path follows the road past Portland Museum and leads under the arch bridge of Rufus Castle ruins, then down steps to the cove. The other path runs through a small area of woodland around the outside of Pennsylvania Castle, and passes through the ruins of St Andrew’s Church before linking up over midway down the concrete steps to the cove.
Portland Museum is close by, highly recommend to pay a visit too .)
p/s: its a bit of hiking included