The Beach Guide

West Hayling (Island) Beach

West Hayling (Island) Beach - Hampshire

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The Hayling Island seafront is primarily shingle, with sand at low tide. Windsurfing was invented here and West Hayling is the island's designated windsurfing area as well as being home to the popular West Beach, which is sheltered by the West Winner sand bank, a spit that extends a mile out to sea and can be explored on foot at low tide.

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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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • First aid point

    Nearest town



    PO11 0AS

    OS grid ref.

    SZ 7057 9881

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    West Hayling (Island) Beach Reviews

    Not looked after

    Oct 07th 2019

    So sad that Havant council do nothing to support what used to be a beautiful place . Dogs allowed to run free area but clean no toilets available no beach wardens . No life guards . No beach wardens . Plenty of traffic wardens . Don’t bother

    Very Poor Compared to What it Used to be Like

    Karen James’s
    Jul 26th 2019

    Unfortunately it is being taken over by motor homes, caravans and it doesn’t have the resources or facilities to cope.
    Rubbish is piled up by the bins, dogs are on the beach where they are not permitted and the local wardens have a really tough job on their hands reinforcing the rules. Toilet paper and tampons on the beach intwined with seaweed.
    I would now avoid what was once a beautiful place.

    What did we get wrong?