Exploring the south coast of England offers a diverse range of beach experiences, from the rugged cliffs of Seven Sisters to the lively atmosphere of coastal cities such as Brighton. Whether it’s a challenging hike with breathtaking views that you’re looking for or a leisurely stroll along the sand, these south coast beaches have something to offer walkers all year round.
West Wittering boasts a pristine sandy beach that is perfect for leisurely walks with the family. The long stretch of shoreline is ideal for beachcombing and taking in stunning views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs. As one of the UK’s Blue Flag beaches, West Wittering is famed for its water quality and excellent facilities.
Calshot Beach, Southampton
Calshot Beach is a mile-long mix of shingle and sand. The beach also offers panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight and you may even be lucky enough to spot luxury cruiseliners departing from nearby Southampton.
If you don’t mind getting your feet wet, The Calshot Activity Centre offers a range of watersports including windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing, while history buffs can visit Calshot Castle, a 16th-century fort built by Henry VIII!
Named after the famous chalk cliffs of the Sussex coast, Seven Sisters is located in the South Downs National Park and is made up of chalk cliffs, a river valley and open grassland.
The Sisters were created when ancient rivers cut valleys into the chalk, creating seven peaks, known as Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Point, Baily’s Brow and Went Hill Brow.
As part of the country’s Heritage Coast, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) and also a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, Seven Sisters is a haven for wildlife and visitors can spot migrating birds, such as dunlin, kingfishers, and Canada geese, as well as rare flora and fauna.
Visitors can take a stroll alongside the Cuckmere River and follow it right to the coast, where you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the English Channel. Regular buses run from Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne for those looking for a car-free day out.
Studland Bay, Dorset
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Studland Bay provides a mix of sandy beaches and heathland walks located along the South West Coast Path.
Here you’ll find over four miles of unspoiled sandy beaches backed by dunes and low cliffs, offering panoramic views of Old Harry Rocks. The sheltered bay is also perfect for watersports, such as cold-water swimming, sailing, and paddleboarding.