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Hengistbury Head Beach

Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch, at the end is a spit that creates the narrow entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

Hengistbury Head beach is a pebble beach below the imposing clay and ironstone cliffs, with the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve separating Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Not so much a beach holiday location but a good place to explore and go for walks along gravel paths throughout the nature reserve.

Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe and the Hengistbury Head Centre.

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Hengistbury Head Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches at Christchurch, 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Hengistbury Head Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Todayclearsky_day
Expect a temp in the range 6.8℃ to 8.2℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Dec 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.5℃ to 5.9℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (NE)
Saturday, Dec 03partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.5℃ to 6.2℃ with wind speed 8.2 m/sec (NE)
Sunday, Dec 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 5.4℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (ENE)
Monday, Dec 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.6℃ to 6.2℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Dec 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.9℃ to 6.2℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (ENE)
Wednesday, Dec 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.3℃ to 5.9℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (NE)

Christchurch weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Hengistbury Head Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Hengistbury Head Beach is at Christchurch (Entrance) 0.44 km (0.28 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 01 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:23 (Height 0.00m)
Thu 01 Dec
   Low Tide at 07:23 (Height m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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