If you’re thinking of planning a day out in the sunshine with some therapeutic ‘vitamin sea’ then please read on to discover our list of some of the best beaches to visit from Berkshire. We live in a land-locked county so each one is a little drive but well worth it for the fun that will be had.
Mudeford Beach, Dorset
A sandy beach with great views of Christchurch Harbour. The nearest car park is a 15min walk but there is also a train which runs from Hengistbury Head car park to Mudeford Sandbank. You will find refreshments at The Beach House Café and there are also public toilets.
Brighton Beachfront, East Sussex
One of Britain’s most iconic beaches. This is a long pebbly beach so not one for sandcastle building but there is plenty of exploring to be done, most notably along the Brighton Pier.
West Wittering Beach, West Sussex
We have visited this beach many times – it’s definitely one of our favourites. It’s a sandy beach with ample car parking (which you do need to book and pay for in advance). There are also some lovely views of Chichester Harbour.
Lee on the Solent, Hampshire
Offering impressive panoramic views across The Solent, safe swimming, and a shingle beach. It lies between Portsmouth and Southampton so you will be able to watch the cruise liners, cargo ships and yachts from the beach. You will also find plenty of rock pools to explore when the tide is out.
Sandbanks Beach, Dorest
Vast golden sand and lovely clear waters can be found at this beach. There’s also a children’s play area, a crazy golf course and a mini road train behind the beach. There is parking next to the beach and lifeguards on patrol during the busier months.
Calshot Beach, Hampshire
This beautiful shingle beach is in The New Forest National Park and offers great views of the Isle of Wight. The beach is a mile long and is also the home to Calshot Castle which was built by Henry VIII. It has one of the UK’s largest water sports centres.
Hayling Island Beach
This usually quiet stretch of beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles. Perfect for shell collecting. There’s parking to be found along the beach front and you can also take a ride on the Hayling Seaside Railway. There are arcades at one end of the beach.
With seven miles of beautiful golden sand it’s easy to see why this stretch of beach is so popular (especially when the sun makes an appearance!). It also boasts some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK – perfect for a quick paddle.
If you wanted to stay a little closer to home but still play in the sand, there are plenty of places in Berkshire to visit. Check out this post to find out more.
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