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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.

Dog Friendly Beach?

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

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 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

Todaypartlycloudy_day
Expect a temp in the range 8.2℃ to 10.3℃ with wind speed 4.1 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.5℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (W)
Monday, Feb 06fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.5℃ to 3.9℃ with wind speed 4.1 m/sec (NE)
Tuesday, Feb 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 0.1℃ to 1.6℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (NE)
Wednesday, Feb 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range -0.8℃ to 2℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (NNE)
Thursday, Feb 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 6.5℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (S)
Friday, Feb 10cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.7℃ to 6.7℃ with wind speed 1.7 m/sec (NNE)

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.

Sat 04 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:23 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 08:14 (Height 1.65m)
   Low Tide at 15:45 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 20:47 (Height 1.47m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:59 (Height 0.70m)
   High Tide at 08:50 (Height 1.73m)
   Low Tide at 16:16 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 21:23 (Height 1.55m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:32 (Height 0.67m)
   High Tide at 09:26 (Height 1.79m)
   Low Tide at 16:43 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 21:58 (Height 1.62m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:04 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 10:04 (Height 1.81m)
   Low Tide at 17:10 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 22:34 (Height 1.67m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:38 (Height 0.62m)
   High Tide at 10:45 (Height 1.80m)
   Low Tide at 17:42 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 23:13 (Height 1.69m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 06:17 (Height 0.62m)
   High Tide at 11:26 (Height 1.73m)
   Low Tide at 18:19 (Height 0.46m)
   High Tide at 23:55 (Height 1.66m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 06:57 (Height 0.65m)
   High Tide at 12:08 (Height 1.63m)
   Low Tide at 18:58 (Height 0.51m)

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

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