Church Ope Cove
Church Ope Cove is a secluded pebble beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Isle of Portland below Pennsylvania Castle Estate. Some say it is likely to have been the landing place of the first recorded Viking attack on the British Isles in 789 AD. It was a famous smuggling beach and a natural target for landing goods and sinking contraband alcohol to pick-up under the cover of night. Now Church Ope Cove is popular for fishing, snorkelling, swimming, and even diving, as it provides access to numerous wrecks in the surrounding waters.