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Calshot Beach - Hampshire

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Calshot beach forms part of a mile long shingle spit which reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. From here you get a great view of the ships coming and going from one of the UK's largest ports.

The beach also offers panoramic views of the Solent, Southampton and the Isle of Wight so it is little wonder the beach is the site of a 16th century castle. Built in 1539 by Henry VIII, Calshot Castle is one of number of similar forts built to defend the south coast from the French and Spanish.

Calshot beach is home to one of the UK's biggest outdoor and watersport centres. The Calshot Activities Centre offers a range of activities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and climbing. The centre is located in a hangar which was built to house the flying boats of the Calshot Naval Air Station.

On the other side of the spit is an extensive salt marsh which is home to a wealth of birds and other wildlife.

Type of beach

Shingle

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Activities

  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Beach hut hire

Nudist/naturist beach

Yes

Nearest town

Lymington

Postcode

SO45 1BS

OS grid ref.

SU 4885 0197

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended