Beachlands - Hayling Island Beach

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, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing.

Other facilities include a skate park, children’s play area, and volleyball court. The beach backs on to heathland and sandy grassy areas, with plenty of well-marked paths for those who want a stroll in natural surroundings.

Sheltered by the West Winner sand bar, this a good choice for swimmers. However, there is no lifeguard service at this beach. The seafront area is fairly accessible for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs, with boardwalks over the shingle which are wide enough for wheelchairs.

Facilities include toilets, beach huts, tourist information office, and plenty of choice of bars, cafes, kiosks, and restaurants. There is also plenty of car parking space, and the beach is easily reached by bus. There are open air markets and car boot sales throughout the year and this beach retains its Blue Flag for 2021.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from 1st May - 30th September and bylaws prohibit any fouling. Dog bins are provided.

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  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • First aid point

Nearest town



PO11 0AJ

OS grid ref.

SZ 7145 9872

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Beachlands - Hayling Island Beach Reviews

Lovely beach and facilities but…..

Jun 08th 2021

The staff on the main entrance are not helpful at all. A bit rude and sarcastic.

Hayling island beach, water recommended

Dominika Kroczak
May 30th 2021

I choose this place because is looking quite and different. You can find a lot family with children, horses and windsurfing and paddling boards. Access to toilet, cafe, parking. Price for all day different. Where you want surffing you need paid £10 for all day, when you want stay on beach some car parking free too. You need be early before 9.00 am to park for free. Some car parking for all day £5. A lot of space for car. You find old buildings too. The best is you are from to 8.00 pm on beach with sunshine. You see sun all day. The best place. You see people but nobody is close. There are space enough for every one. I recommend. .

Very disappointed

Mar 26th 2021

Awful! Litter everywhere, poor facilities! Very dirty. I could list more and more!!!  How is this a blue flag beach??  Was keen to visit but would not visit again


Feb 17th 2021

West beach is no longer the place it was even a few years ago
The beach has been washed away taking most of the car park with it
It currently looks like a disaster zone
There do not appear to be any plans to doo anything about it so best stay away

Needs help

Phil W
Aug 08th 2020

An absolutely superb long beach with crystal clear warm water at height of summer! Choose your spot carefully! But as with all of the UK the public are there to be fleeced not helped or supported! Scumbags with jet skis or gits playing loud music are likely to ruin your experience with never a sniff of the police or beach wardens to stop them! Traffic wardens on the other hand are everywhere!! The council would make millions more if the attempted to look after it!!


Aug 04th 2019

Hayling Island, - once a windsurfing Mecca with very little facilities to “spoil” the experience, that was 1985.
2019 - Hayling Island - used to be windsurfing Mecca with very little facilities to “spoil” the experience, but now its pay-to-park.
Most of the westbeach usable shoreline is taken up by a small village of beach huts with owners erecting ever more ingenious space-grabbing “patios” to ensure no one infringes on their domains, and once their belongings and children are scattered between the patios and the water there is very little left to call usable.
It is not surprising then that windsurfing has found itself squeezed out between beach huts and the reserved area for toffs that is the Kite-Surf empire adjacent to the golf club. No shock then that Hayling Island is today just a difficult to access,overun, overpriced carpark of gravel strewn quarry-like tracks with (still) nowhere really suitable to rig a very expensive windsurf sail in peace.
Getting to the water on a warm weekend at the “windsurf zone” access areas is like treading a minefield of barbecues and ankle-biters carrying a fully erected frame tent at shoulder height to avoid poking some buggers eye out.
PROPER segregation needs to be policed, signs arent enough. Oh and please do something about the parking charges and LACK of beach-user facilities, its 2019, not 1985.

Hayling Island West Beach

David Lewin
Jul 31st 2019

Very poor facilities toilets in an awful state of disrepair. Bins in the beach areas overflowing. Elsan emptying point stinking and has not been cleaned properly in years. Tap in elsan emptying area broken for many months. Overnight camping ban for motorhomes in force. Was supposed to be temporary but is still in force.

What did we get wrong?