Chapel St Leonards Beach

  • Chapel St Leonards Beach - Lincolnshire
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  • Chapel St Leonards Beach - Lincolnshire
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  • Chapel St Leonards Beach - Lincolnshire
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  • Chapel St Leonards Beach - Lincolnshire
    © Chris and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Chapel St Leonards is a sand and shingle beach on the Lincolnshire coastline located next to the resort town of the same name. The beach is a popular place for swimming and for family days out, it is also a good place for walking as the beaches stretch for many miles in both directions along this part of the Lincolnshire coastline.

    To the south, the beach leads to the larger resort town of Skegness, which is about 6 miles away. One mile north of the main beach entrance is Chapel Point, a defensive structure built during the Second World War. It is a popular viewing point, particularly for bird watchers. A little further north, there is a quieter section of beach towards Anderby Creek and Sandilands.

    A promenade runs alongside the beach, which boasts a pub, about 50 meters south of the main beach entrance. There are plenty more facilities such as toilets, pubs, restaurants, shops and places to stay in the town of Chapel St Leonards.  As one would expect in a resort town there are also various caravan parks and resort-style attractions such as crazy golf, amusement arcades and children’s play areas.

    There are a number of small car parks in the town of Chapel St Leonards, each one a short walk from the beach. The largest, is the Well Vale Car Park, located along Well Vale Drive, about 150 meters from the beach. The beach is accessed down a short flight of steps.

    Type of beach

    Sand & shingle

    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs banned from central beach area between 1 to September 30. However, the rest of the beach is still open to dogs.

    Lincolnshire dog friendly beaches »


    • Amusement arcade
    • Crazy golf/putting
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Wind surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Town centre nearby
    • Promenade

    Nearest town



    PE24 5BQ

    OS grid ref.

    TF 5631 7217


    The Well Vale Car park is 3 minutes walk from the beach. pay and display. Alternate parking at the bus station.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Chapel St Leonards Beach Reviews

    Don’t believe bad reviews

    Mar 30th 2021

    If you want big arcades, big business and big burgers go to Skeggy.

    However, if you want a quiet village setting then Chapel St Leonards is the place for you. There is a big team of local residents that trawl the beach and village for rubbish every week. The grass probably isn’t cut as often as residents want but it does get cut and we have quite a lovely green. Most of our shops are modern with several quite quaint little businesses. We have a few cafes to delight your taste buds and can assure you they are spotlessly clean. We have a pub that really is on the beach and you can sit in the Jolly Roger with a beer, ice cream and speciality ice cream for your pooch. In the balmy sunny evenings several of our bars have live music. In the summer the local carnival and summer fete are quite lovely. You can sit on the green with a pint and great fish and chips. Or maybe our Chinese, Indian or even Italian may be more to your taste. Throughout the year there are craft fairs and events.

    All in all for someone to mark this little jewel in the crown down because, unfortunately, we didn’t make their grade on a particular day is a little disingenuous.

    Please think before you post. People here need to make a living. I haven’t lived here long and can attest there are several characters and maybe I’m one of them. But this is a wonderful environment for all. The beach is a natural wonder all of its own.

    Hopefully your next visit will be a little better. Let us know when your coming and we’ll make sure the grass is cut and everyone smiles.

    All the best
    Stay safe

    Adam marsh
    Jun 29th 2020

    Best holiday destination ever!!!


    Aug 01st 2021

    Cannot understand the person who have 2 stars and called the village green “tacky”. Perhaps thru wanted Skegness or Blackpool which Chapel St Leonards definitely isn’t. It’s what it says it is on the sign …. A village by the sea.  Peaceful, super clean beach, friendly people, not overcrowded, great for beach combing and has the best fish and chips at The Marina for miles.

    Happy days park st chapel

    David Hunt
    Sep 30th 2021

    Stayed in a caravan on happy days north for a few days me and the wife absolutely loved it lovely caravan site lovely people and an amazing unspoilt beach at st leonards plus lovely pubs clubhouse and such a beautiful plac

    Dog friendly

    G Evans
    Jun 20th 2021

    Visiting various beaches with my dog, I find most sections of dog beach are usually over grown or not the best quality.  However,  if you visit Chapel and park near the observatory it’s a beautiful beach which is dog friendly.  The sand is clean and has shells and other treasures to find. There is very little litter. It’s not the beach for you if you want arcades and fast food. But its a lovely quiet beach which is a pleasure to walk on. Very lucky to have such a beautiful stretch. If you want a walk the whole way to huttoft is beautiful and dog friendly.

    did not like it at all
    Oct 22nd 2020

    very disappointed with my visit to chapel st. leonard.  found the village green tacky with a few cafes and restaurants - gift shops and the usual ice cream shops.  was expecting much more from the front and the beach -
    wind turbines all in a row spoilt the sea view - beach nothing special
    definitely would not return -