The southwest-facing shingle and pebble beach lies to the west of Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch in East Dorset.
Popular for swimming and windsurfing, the one-and-a-half kilometre long headland separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay, and encloses Christchurch Harbour on its landward side. Most of the headland remains undeveloped and is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) as well as home to the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve.
The water quality is MCS Recommended and is European designated bathing water.
There is a large car park Hengistbury Head with over 500 pay and display parking spaces available.
For keen ramblers there are some excellent walks around the ancient headland, aided by information boards.
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OS Explorer Map OL22: New Forest
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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