Hampshire Beaches and Coast

Hampshire lies on the South coast of England.

The Solent forms part of this coastal destination offering visitors wonderful places to walk as they explore all the attractions this county has to offer. Travellers remark on the wide open spaces of the coast line here as well as the islands, rich country parks and reserves.

Historic buildings abound in the area and many overlook the ocean like Hurst Castle which offers fantastic views across the Solent and Fort Nelson overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. Chichester Harbour is an area of outstanding beauty with picture perfect villages and clean wide beaches where you can enjoy watersports, walks, birdlife and scenic views.

Hayling Island is great for a day out as is the Hamble Valley and river and the coastal nature reserve at Titchfield Haven. Hayling Island has safe beaches and is a recognised Blue Flag beach known for cleanliness and good facilities for families with children and windsurfers!

Lepe, in the New Forest National park is a park with nature reserves surrounding it. A perfect spot for watching ships and sailing boats or walking the five miles around the coast taking in Beaulieu estate on the way! Close to Lepe is Calshot with it's vividly painted beach huts. Calshot offers a huge outdoor centre with a velodrome, rock climbing and skiing.

Hampshire is a perfect getaway for a relaxing break. Horses roam free here and there's a wide variety of attractions and activities to suit everyone. Accommodation ranges from superb bed and breakfasts to resorts and splendid hotels with spas.

Nearest Beaches in Hampshire

  • Barton-On-Sea Beach

    Barton-On-Sea is a shingle Beach popular for Fossil hunting. Cliff top walks although some areas of the cliffs are dangerous. Popular paragliding location. Facilities include shops, cafe, pub in Barton itself.

  • Calshot Beach

    Calshot beach is part of a shingle spit offering panoramic views of the Solent, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The spit also has an extensive salt marsh of important wildlife interest. Popular windsurfer and kitesurfer location where beginners can take advantage of the lagoon. Facilities include car park, toilets read more

  • Milford on Sea Beach

    Milford on Sea Beach is a dog friendly beach worth visiting. It is a long shingle beach with character beach huts lining the promenade and it is backed by low cliffs. The beach here adjoins a nature reserve making it the perfect nearest beach for walking your dog. There is read more

  • Beachlands Beach

    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 read more

  • West Beach

    West Beach, Hayling Island lying at the west end of the seafront, the waters here 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 read more

  • Weston Beach

    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 read more

  • Stokes Bay Beach

    Stokes Bay Beach has to be one of the longest shingle beaches I’ve ever seen. It stretches 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 read more

  • Southsea Beach

    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.

  • Solent Breezes Beach

    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 read more

  • Old Portsmouth Beach

    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 close by with all the attractions.  Portsmouth has historic attractions and there are many walks from this beach through read more

  • Lee-on-Solent Beach

    Lee on Solent Beach is a shingle beach but a great day out! The town it is in is quiet but offers a lot of watersports and is dog friendly too! Whether you’re swimming, sailing, canoeing, surfing, fishing or jet skiing this beach is for you. There is a promenade read more

  • Lepe Beach

    Lepe beach is found in the Lepe Country Park on the shores of the Solent and part of the hamlet of Lepe which is 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 read more

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