We’re fortunate to be located close to the south coast and the Solent, with the sea less than 20 miles away from Wallops Wood. This opens up a whole array of seaside activities for the family to enjoy from a day out on the beach to more serious seaside activities such as sailing or windsurfing. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Closest beaches to Wallops Wood are Lee on the Solent, Hill Head, Southsea, Hayling Island and West Wittering.
Lee on the Solent beach is a shingle beach, but has a grassy area behind suitable for games and picnics. When the tide is out, there are rockpools to explore! It’s also a good vantage point to viewing the daily goings-on in this busy stretch of water from watersports and yachts to cargo and cruise ships. Dogs are not allowed between 1 May – 30 September.
Hill Head, another shingle beach, is popular with watersports enthusiasts offering sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is also dog friendly all year round.
Southsea beach is a very popular busy shingle beach stretching from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. The promenade lies behind the beach and there’s always plenty going on in the area, not forgetting Southsea Pier! Dogs are not allowed during the summer months as above.
Hayling Island has 8 kms of pebble beach and sand at low tide. It’s a popular beach for swimmers and also has a fairground and an amusement arcade. Dogs banned from 1 May to 30 September.
West Wittering beach is a large unspoilt sandy beach with great views of Chichester Harbour. Grasslands and tidal pools make it a great choice for families, plus there are plenty of activities such as kitesurfing and windsurfing. The wildlife and birdlife are internationally recognised and the beach is within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are dog free zones between May and September, so it’s worth checking which areas of the beach you can take your dog on all year round.
If being on the water rather than on the shore is more your thing, you’ll find sailing a massively popular activity in the Solent, with no shortage of sailing clubs and boat trips.
There are also various boat trips in the Solent from Portsmouth, Chichester Harbour tours, Southampton Water and the New Forest.