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Bournemouth - Hengistbury West Beach

Bournemouth, Bournemouth

The one-and-a-half kilometre long Hengistbury Head separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay, and encloses Christchurch Harbour on its landward side. Most of the headland remains undeveloped and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Access to the beach via a land train from the Hungry Horse cafe.

Beach Type

Pebbles & shingle


Toilets and there is a beach cafe


Swimming and windsurfing

Nature and Wildlife

Hengistbury Head is an Ancient Monument. Archaeologically it is very interesting. with evidence of Stone Age activities and an Iron Age settlement. Information signs interpret the history and wildlife of the area and there are nature trails to be explored

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

There are no bins. but the beach is cleaned frequently by the council.


Dogs are allowed and dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre Westover Road Bournemouth BH1 2BU Tel: 09068 020234 (Calls cost 50p per minute from the UK) Fax: 01202 451743


Nearest town: Bournemouth
County: Bournemouth
Latitude/Longitude: 50.716, -1.7698
Postcode: BH6 4EN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


From the A338. follow the A3060 sign for Tuckton Bridge. There are pathways at Southbourne promenade. from the grassed areas to the beach.

Public Transport

In summer a bus goes to Hengistbury Head and all year round there is a bus to Harbour Road (1km walk). The seafront land train service from Bournemouth links to Hengistbury Head during the summer.

Nearest Railway Stations

Christchurch (Approx. 2 miles away)
Pokesdown (Approx. 2 miles away)
Hinton Admiral (Approx. 4 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 4 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There are 500 pay and display parking spaces at Hengistbury Head.

Nearby Car Parks

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Solent Beach, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Christchurch Quay, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Priory, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Mayors Mead, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Warren Edge, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Tuckton Bridge, Wick (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Willow Way, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Leisure Centre, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bournemouth