Best beaches in Hampshire

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Hampshire as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Hampshire is Lepe. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Hampshire just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Lepe Beach

    Lepe © Pierre Terre | BY-SA

    A stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views across to the Isle of Wight and excellent coastal walks featuring pine-fringed cliffs, D-day remains and wild flower meadows. The main swimming area is a short walk east of the car park.

  • 2. Milford-on-sea Beach

    Milford-on-sea © Expectgrain | BY-SA

    Milford-on-sea is a stony beach with excellent views of the Isle of Wight. There is a great walk from the beach along Hurst Spit to Hurst Castle. There are a couple of cafes, an ice cream kiosk and a play area next to the beach.

  • 3. Browndown Point Beach

    Browndown Point © Mel Stevens | BY-SA

    Ministry of Defence owned beach which is on occasion used for training. There is some controversy as to whether this is a naturist beach or not. I have it straight from the MoD that this is NOT a nudist beach and any nude bathing is in contravention of the 1954 MOD Browndown and Rowner Military…

  • 4. Hill Head Beach

    Hill Head © Shazz | BY-SA

    Set across the Solent from the Isle of Wight is a lengthy stretch of shingle beach backed by a tarmac walkway and Saltern Park. Like much of this stretch of coast the beach is divided up by wooden groynes. These offer some protection from the erosive forces of longshore drift, helping to keep the shingle…

  • 5. Calshot Beach

    Calshot © Gillian Moy | BY-SA

    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…

  • 6. Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) Beach

    Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) © David Martin | BY-SA

    Barton-on-Sea offers a short, shingle and rock beach, backed by high, clay cliffs. These cliffs are unstable in places, and access points to the beach were temporarily closed-off in May 2017 after a landslide. In addition the beach suffers from coastal erosion and is said to have been the first beach in England to use…

  • 7. Southsea Beach

    Southsea © Mike Faherty | BY-SA

    Southsea, which got its name from the 16th century Southsea Castle, became a fashionable destination for bathing and other seaside leisure activities in the early 19th century. Today, it remains a vibrant, traditional resort town with plenty of visitor attractions.

    Southsea beach stretches from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. The beach itself is made up…

  • 8. Beachlands - Hayling Island

    Beachlands - Hayling Island © N Chadwick | BY-SA

    Beachlands comprises a virtually unbroken eight kilometres stretch of pebbles, from the Inn on the Beach to the funfair at Hayling Island. The beach has plenty of amusement arcades and fairground facilities, and while the shingle and pebbles mean it's not the most relaxing spot for sunbathers, Beachlands is a popular choice for fishing, sailing,…

  • 9. Meon Shore Beach

    Meon Shore © David Martin | BY-SA

    Meon Shore is a lengthy stretch of shingle beach running along the Solent. It sits on the other side of Hill Head harbour which straddles the river Meon. Behind the harbour is the Tichfield Haven Nature Reserve, an area of coastal wetland that is home to a great diversity of species. The eastern end of…

  • 10. Stokes Bay

    Stokes Bay © Chris Gunns | BY-SA

    A shingle beach with great views of the Isle of Wight, near the village of Alverstoke. There is a large grassy area adjacent to the beach, with a place for barbecues.

  • 11. Eastney Beach

    Eastney © Bryn Holmes | BY-SA

    Eastney is a long, fairly wide, pebble beach at the eastern end of an approximately 3.5 km (2 mile)continuous stretch of coast between Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland.  The southern suburbs of Portsmouth are close by, so locals find this a convenient place to swim and cool down on hot, sunny days. To the west,…

  • 12. Lee-on-Solent Beach

    Lee-on-Solent © Nick Macneill | BY-SA

    Whatever time of year; whatever time of day, there's always something going on in the Solent and Lee-on-Solent Beach is a great place to come to watch the goings on in this wonderful stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle of Wight. This attractive shingle beach lies between Portsmouth and Southampton, so…