Find the nearest Beaches in Hampshire
Planning a trip to the Hampshire coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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- Old Portsmouth Beach is one part of the popular coast line of Portsmouth. It is a shingle beach stretching from Portsea Island to Eastney and is really interesting with the Harbour and it’s attractions close by. Portsmouth has historic attractions and there are many walks from this beach through the town. This is a town beach and so it has good facilities including parking, toilets, shops, restaurant, cafe, slipway.
- Milford on Sea Beach is a dog friendly beach worth visiting. The beach is a long shingle beach with character colourful beach huts lining the promenade and it is backed by low cliffs. The beach adjoins a nature reserve. There is an excellent walk from this beach along Hurst Spit to the castle and you can enjoy a snack or lunch at the Needle Eye Cafe and offer the kids an ice-cream at the kiosk there. The other eatery is the art deco Blue Horizon Restaurant on the east side of the beach which has great views of the Needles from the top floor. Shops are about 500 yards away and parking is really good. The Needles of the Isle of Wight are clearly visible from this beach on most days.
- Beachlands is primarily a shingle beach with the beach being backed by sandy grass areas and heathland, criss-crossed by many paths. This area of the seafront is the best for entertainment of all sorts. It is the home of the Hayling fairground, the Amusements arcades are open all year round. The seafront area is accessible to all with the provision of boardwalks over the shingle bank, which are wide enough to take wheelchairs. Specially designed picnic areas are also located on some of the boardwalks. Car parks, toilets, beach huts, tourist information office and a number of kiosks, cafes, bars and restaurants.
- Hayling Island West Beach, lying at the west end of the seafront, the waters here are sheltered by the West Winner sand bar ensuring that the waves are never too big in the summer and that, as the tide rises during the day, the water is usually warmer here than other parts of the seafront. The West Winner sand bar extends for about a mile into the Solent and is uncovered during low tides. It is possible to walk around the sand bar at low tide but care should be taken to keep an eye on the tides when under taking this walk as it is very easy to be cut off from the mainland. Be prepared to have to wade some part of the way! This is the only area of the main seafront that windsurfing is permitted and West beach is also a popular spot for surfers and body boarders. At low tide in the evenings popular with horse riders along the sand flats. Facilities include kiosk, pay and display car park and toilets.
- Stokes Bay Beach has to be one of the longest shingle beaches I’ve ever seen, stretching from Lee on the Solent to the Stokes Bay Harbour Entrance. There is a large car park and when you step out of the car all you see is sky and beach for miles in either direction. There are great facilities here and the beach is popular for swimming, sailing, fishing, canoeing, other water sports, and next to the beach Stanley Park which is home to wildlife and bird life and a lovely place to walk. If you are thinking of eating out try Pebbles Fish and Wine Bar in the bay which has stunning views across the water to the Isle of Wight and a great wine cellar and menu! Facilities at the beach include car park, cafe and restaurants, toilets (incl. disabled), BBQ areas, slipway and a variety of shops. Entertainment options also include ‘Pirates Cove’ child play facility, paddling pool, putting green, tennis courts and golf club.
- Hayling Island Eastoke Beach is a pebble and sand beach that is really popular with visitors and remains totally unspoilt. This is a great beach for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, water ski-ing, paddling and bathing! There is a lovely walk down the Hayling Billy Coast Path to the North taking you along to Langstone Harbour and into a nature reserve. The facilities are good and the kids can enjoy playing volleyball and skate boarding here too. For the little ones there is a good play area.
- Lee-on-Solent Beach is a shingle beach in a quiet town but does offers a lot of watersports. Whether you’re swimming, sailing, canoeing, surfing, fishing or jet skiing this beach is for you. There is a promenade to walk and a lovely open cliff top walk from the Angling Clubs car park. Parking is good but there is no lifeguard cover. Facilities include parking, shops, restaurant, cafe, toilets, slipway and children’s play area.
- Eastney beach is a shingle beach with some sand as the tide goes out. This beach is shingle and offers a camp site and caravan park and is ideal for swimming, wind surfing, fishing and other water sports. The facilities are good with parking for over 300 cars and excellent water quality but no lifeguard. Eastney Beach is a naturist beach and well frequented.
- Lepe beach is found in the Lepe Country Park on the shores of the Solent and part of the hamlet of Lepe which is itself part of the New Forest of Hampshire. The beach is popular for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Windsurfers and kitesurfers have the lawn beside the cafe for rigging up, with a car park crossing point. When in the water beware, there can be strong tides. Here we have a mile of beach backed by pine-fringed cliffs, historic D-Day remains and wild flower meadows. From the cliffs above the beach you can see right across the western Solent. The beach is sand and shingle with good facilities and for those interested in fossils will find the interglacial deposit with elephant remains fascinating as well as the variety of rocks brought in for sea defences from ship wrecks like limestone, Purbeck Stone (one including a dinosaur footprint) and carboniferous limestone. Facilities include parking, toilets, lifeguard, restaurant, cafe and shop.
- Hill Head beach is also known as Salterns Park, the beach is shingle with groynes. This beach is bordered by Salterns Park and offers great promenade walks as well as the grassy area of the park to laze in. There is also the Haven Nature Reserve nearby and the beach is of special interest with good wildlife habitats and Brent geese. Great for birdwatchers and those just wanting an interesting day out in the fresh air. There are good facilities and the beach is recommended for swimming, sailing, wind surfing and fishing. Large grass area for rigging kites but keep away from the children.s play area. Car park, toilets, children’s play area.
- Barton On Sea beach is a shingle beach backed by cliffs some 4km to the east of Bournemouth with views out across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. The beach has some rock sea defences and rock groynes in an attempt to reduce the cliff erosion, the cliffs can be unstable which then also makes this a great location for fossil hunting and beachcombing. The Barton On Sea cliffs are famous for the clay formation known as Barton Beds or Barton Group a name given to a series of grey, greenish and brown clays with bands of sand. This whole stretch but in particular that between Barton and Highcliffe to the west is known for fossils and shells, in particular, gastropods, shark and ray teeth. The best time for fossil hunting and beachcombing is with a falling to low tide. The top of the cliffs has a grass area very popular with kite flyers and to the east, you have a golf club. Facilities at the beach include beach huts, shops, cafe, pub and the beach has a number of pay and display car parks and road parking is available.
- Western Hard Beach is not the most attractive beach but it is great for boating and sailing, although the beach is backed by a grassy and tree lined area. Southampton Town Centre and Ocean Village are right next to the beach which is mostly shingle. You only have parking and a slipway, no facilities by the beach but the town is within walking distance.