A Day at the Beach

A day at the beach is something we all look forward to when going on holiday. Relaxing in the sun while the children build sandcastles, paddle in the sea or explore rock pools is the epitome of a British holiday! There are some lovely beaches all within a short distance from Wallops Wood, all well worth spending time at, weather permitting of course 😎☀️

Below is a pick of some of the beaches in the area, but if you have your dog with you, please check which ones are dog friendly or for any dog free zones. 

West Wittering beach near Chichester is one of the best beaches in the area. With a large sandy expanse, you can set yourself up there for the day. There’s also a lovely walk round to East Head and some fantastic views across Chichester Harbour. It makes for a great day out that everyone will enjoy and you can also try out some of the watersports on offer or relax at the beach café. You will need to pre-book parking otherwise you won’t get in! 

East Wittering Beach
East Wittering Beach

Closer to Wallops Wood is Meon Shore which is a stretch of shingle beach running along the Solent coastline. It sits on the other side of Hill Head harbour which straddles the river Meon. Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve is nearby, and is an area of coastal wetland that is home to a great diversity of species. At the eastern end of the beach is a kite-surfing school, perhaps something to try for those of you feeling adventurous!

Lee-on-the Solent beach is quite close to Meon Shore also not far from Wallops Wood. It’s a popular shingle beach and has great views across to the Isle of Wight and a good place for watching the cargo ships, cruise liners and yachts passing through the Solent. Behind the beach are grassy areas suitable for games and picnics.  A paved walkway runs alongside the entire length of the beach. In the summer months the beach has zoned areas for swimming, fishing and other activities.  When the tide is out, rock pools are exposed and crab-hunters can be seen searching amongst the rocks.

Another beach on the shores of the Solent is Stokes Bay, 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. A lovely beach for walks taking in the views plus activities such as kayaking, crazy gold and wind surfing.

Southsea Beach and Pier
Southsea Beach and Pier

For those of you who like a bit more entertainment when going to the beach, then Southsea beach is for you. With a very long promenade, pier and fun fair, it’s a traditional sea side town with something for everyone. The beach is shingle and behind the beach is a recreation area with a canoe lake. Aside from the beach, there’s plenty more to do in Southsea such as visiting the D-Day Museum, Southsea Castle and Blue Reef Aquarium. 

Hayling Island, situated between Chichester and Portsmouth has two beaches, West Hayling and Beachlands. West Hayling 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 West Beach, which is sheltered by the West Winner sand bank. Beachlands comprises a virtually unbroken 8km 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 is a popular choice for fishing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing. There is also a skate park and children’s play area.

Kite flying at Hayling Island beach
Kite surfing at Hayling Island beach

Image credits:
Deckchairs on beach by Rob Wicks on Unsplash
Hayling Island beach by uniqsurface on Unsplash
Southsea beach by Andy Watkins on Unsplash
East Wittering by Rodney Minter-Brown on Unsplash