Hengistbury Head Beach – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)


Hengistbury Head Beach is a sandy beach that is found at the most eastern end of beaches that runs from Sandbanks via Bournemouth and Boscombe.

This beach is part of a stretch of golden beaches that is approximately 9.5 miles long.

The beach has sandy sections that are backed by sand dunes and sandy cliffs towards the end of the beach, and it is relatively unspoiled and free from the typical commercialism that can be found elsewhere.

This beach does not have any lifeguards on duty, but it has been set aside as a Local Nature Reserve, a Site of Scientific Interest, and a Special Area of Conservation all at the same time.

Paths can be taken to the summit of the headland, where visitors can take in breathtaking views of Christchurch Harbour, Mudeford Sandbank, Mudeford Quay, Poole Bay, and even the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

How to get to Hengistbury Head Beach?

It’s recommended you drive to the beach, there is a large paid car park that you can park in.

The closest bus station is Broadway Shops which is a 12 minute walk away.

The closest train station is Christchurch, which is a 40 minute walk away.

Hengistbury Head Beach Photos

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Is Hengistbury beach sandy?

Yes the beach is sandy and unspoilt.

Are there toilets at Hengistbury Head?

Yes there are toilets located in the courtyard of the visitor area.

Is Hengistbury Head busy?

The beach does get very busy during the summer, you might struggle for parking, so it’s recommended to arrive early.

Are dogs allowed on Hengistbury Head Beach?

Yes dogs are allowed on the beach and you can walk them or let them jump in the waves.


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