About Kimmeridge

There are a number of quality reefs here that start breaking in small swells and can hold a good size. The Bench (Broad Bench) breaks off the end of the headland with excellent rights and shorter lefts. It is on an MOD firing range so access is restricted - check first. To the east, outside the bay, are The Ledges, a number of right and left reefs with long walls. There are also waves in the bay. Usually crowded when good, with plenty of logs. Kimmeridge Bay is part of the private Smedmore Estate. There is a toll road leading down to the breaks - but fee includes parking.

Source: Kimmeridge Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Best left to experienced surfers due to crowds, rips and reef.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Usually crowded, especially when good.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The Bench can be excellent, hollow and fast. The Ledges are longer and rolling, but can be fast and walling.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Waves break far out so long paddles.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Crowds, reef, rocks, rips when big.


Toll road leads to car park - don't enter if closed. Access to The Bench past the pump is restricted so check first at Range Warden's Cabin.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, sup


Flat ledge reef with rocks.

Best Season

September - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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