Hengistbury Head Beach, Bournemouth

4.8
#2 of 51 in Wildlife in Dorset
Jutting into the English Channel stands Hengistbury Head Beach, host to rare plant species and wildlife, some of Britain's most expensive beach huts, and a plethora of ancient monuments. Pay a visit to the visitor center to learn more about the area’s ecology, archaeology, and history, with monuments dating from the Late Upper Paleolithic period to the Roman settlement of Britain. Take in the scenery by walking on well-defined gravel paths or strolling across its sandy beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre for activities such as sailing, power boating, and windsurfing--although these should be booked in advance. For weary legs, the Noddy Train makes regular journeys from the cafe located at the bottom of the Head to the end of the spit, taking around ten minutes. Parking is available but can fill up early, particularly in summer months. There are a number of extra parking options available in the nearby towns. See Hengistbury Head Beach and all Bournemouth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bournemouth trip itinerary maker .
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  • Safe swimming on a clean convenient beach away from the crowds. The nearby cafe and toilets were handy. I parked on the road and walked rather than paying at the carpark. Lovely walks along the cliffs...  more »
  • I don't really want to praise this place too highly as I don't want lots of people visiting. We were there on one of the hottest days of the year and on one stretch of the beach there was just us. The...  more »
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