Find The Nearest Beach Hampshire
Planning a trip to Hampshire and looking for the nearest beaches. Hampshire’s coastline stretches from Highcliffe in the west of the county to Chichester Harbour in the east. Although Hampshire is dominated by the coastal cities of Portsmouth and Southampton the New Forest touches a largely unspoilt stretch of coastline along the Solent.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Southsea beach is pebble/stoney beach that stretches along the whole southern end of Portsea Island from Old Portsmouth beach to Eastney beach. Adjacent to the beach and seafront promenade, Southsea Common is a large open space. Facilities include parking, toilets, promenade, and food outlets.
- 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.
- Calshot beach is part of a shingle spit at the west corner of Southampton Water where it joins the Solent, the beach offers panoramic views of the Solent, Isle of Wight and Southampton. This location has always been strategic and is the site of one of Henry VIII defensive forts, Calshot Castle (1539), built to defend the south coast from the French and Spanish. The spit also has an extensive salt marsh which is of important wildlife interest. Popular windsurfer and kitesurfer location where beginners can take advantage of the lagoon. Facilities include car park, toilets with disabled facilities, cafes and Calshot Activities Centre. The Calshot Activities Centre is located in the old Calshot Naval Air Station (later known as RNAS Calshot and RAF Calshot) and offers a range of activities with accommodation, activities include windsurfing, SUP, kitesurfing, sailing, snowboarding/skiing and climbing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Solent Breezes Beach lies to the east of the Solent and has terrific views right across to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The beach is accessible from the Solent Breezes Holiday Park so that the visitors there enjoy a more private beach experience. It is a shingle beach backed by a low cliff line with basic facilities such as boat mooring and slipway and a good coastal path giving you good views over to Calshot and the Isle of Wight. There is no lifeguard here but some facilities in the holiday park.
- Emsworth Harbour beach is a small shingle beach tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour. The small town of Emsworth is quiet but very pretty where visitors can be sure of a friendly welcome. It is popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers and has a long history with oyster fishing. Famous residents have included Sir Peter Blake, Nicholas Lyndhurst and P.G. Wodehouse. The harbour itself is quaint and filled with leisure sailing boats and a few fishing vessels. There is a lot to do and see here from paddling, lounging in a deck chair, shucking oysters, ambling around the village shops, stopping off at the pub and rounding the day off with a fish and chip supper! There are two millponds that are host to a wide selection of wildlife and birdlife.The Town Millpond: circular level route suitable for all ages. At low tide can explore stoney beach and foreshore. Slipper Millpond: on the easter side of Emsworth has interesting walks. They are tidal and give a lovely feel to the little town along with the mixed architectural styles of the buildings and the high walled gardens setting off the magnificent ocean views. If you enjoy sailing book a trip on The Terror. This is the last remaining oyster boat from a large fleet and takes only 6 passengers on a two hour trip. It is good fun! Emsworth Harbour beach is in a picturesque market town by the river Ems called Emsworth, popular with sailors and walkers. The harbour is at the top end of Chichester Harbour. Facilities include Pay and display parking, toilets, shops, cafe, pubs, restaurants, boat trips and the harbour is the home to two sailing clubs.
- 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.
- 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.