5 things to do in Hampshire this week: Spots for a coastal walk

PUBLISHED: 11:38 12 January 2021 | UPDATED: 11:38 12 January 2021

Compton Bay (c) Nick MacNeill, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Compton Bay (c) Nick MacNeill, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


With tougher restrictions on what we can do in Hampshire in place once again, each week we’ll be featuring a selection of walks, things to do at home or places to visit all of which adhere to social distancing guidelines

This week we are featuring some of Hampshire’s best beaches and coastal areas for a walk. Please check all links before heading out as locations mentioned may be closed. Please also only travel to locations near you


Forming part of Lepe Country Park, this stony beach has views directly over to Egypt Point on the Isle of Wight. The park has various walking routes taking you through stunning woodland and coastal environments.

Click here for more woodland walks like the one at Lepe.


Hill Head

Just south of Fareham you’ll find Hill Head - a pretty village perhaps best known for its role in D-Day preparations - which has a lovely shingle beach from where you’ll often see windsurfers, kitesurfers and boats out on the Solent.

Read more about the Hampshire pilots who fought in WWII.

Sunset over the sands of Solent


The castle is on the end of Calshot Spit, a thin stretch of land jutting out into Southampton Water that is surrounded by water on either side, creating an environment that makes the area incredibly popular with photographers seeking to capture such an unusual part of the county.

Click here to read more about Calshot Castle and the county’s other fortifications.

Calshot Spit


Similarly to Milford, the beach lies at the foot of cliffs while the village looks on from above. Slightly inland from the cliff edge is Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, quite possibly the most picturesque place to play golf in Hampshire.

Read more about living on the New Forest Coast.

Barton on Sea

Compton Bay

Protected and managed by the National Trust, Compton Bay and the surrounding countryside has a fascinating heritage long predating mankind. The cliffs behind the beach are of particular geological interest and a fossil hunt with the little ones will likely produce some fascinating finds.

Click here for more walks for if you live on the Isle of Wight.

Compton Bay

Click here for our full list looking at the best beaches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


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