Hengistbury Head Beach is a south-facing beach that separates Poole and Christchurch bay. The beach is a sand and pebbled beach, with striking clay and ironstone cliffs. Hengistbury head is both a scenic and historic attraction that incorporates various habitats and supports a huge selection of wildlife and plants.
The beach provides plenty of panoramic views – the Heathland, Christchurch Harbour, Bournemouth Bay and the Isle of Wight.
Over one million people set foot on Hengistbury Head every year – which is a lot of footsteps on such a delicate landscape. But the combination of volunteers and rangers manage to provide a healthy balance between allowing public access and protecting the landscape and wildlife – making it an extremely special place.
Hengistbury Head Walk
Many tourists who visit Hengistbury Head enjoy walking and roaming across its natural, yet accessible terrain. There are several country walks over the head, many of which were resurfaced recently to allow wheelchair access.
An idea for a nice day out might be to enjoy the day at Hengistbury Head – catching the land train from Hiker Café to Mudeford Sandbank where you can relax on the beaches and take in the wonderful views. Finish up your day with a calm walk back whilst stopping by the Visitor Centre to pick up a couple of souvenirs (all money raised goes towards the preservation of the site).
Hengistbury Head Beach Dogs
Dog owners will be pleased to know that their best friends are allowed on the beach all year round. So no matter what time of the year you visit, your furry friend will be able to enjoy the one-and-a-half-kilometre long beach with you.
Hengistbury head is classified as a nature reserve with many rare and easily frightened habitants, please make sure to keep your dogs under close supervision (or alternatively on a lead).
Hengistbury Head Beach Huts
Hengistbury head accommodates a wide variety of luxurious beach huts (344 to be precise), which are located at Mudeford Sandbank – forming part of Hengistbury head.
The huts vary in sizing and facilities, but on average sleep around 4 people each. Find beach huts available for hire here.
Hengistbury Head Beach Café
Situated at Hengistbury Head, The Hiker Café is a great place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. They offer a range of beverages and snacks with a delicious selection of home-made cakes and slices. You can find more information by heading over to their website, Hiker Café.
How To Get To Hengistbury Head
Getting to Hengistbury head is easy and access is available for all ages and abilities. The most common way to get there is by car as there is plenty parking (both free and paid) nearby.
If you’re using a sat-nav then you can enter the postcode ‘BH6 4EN’ to navigate your way there.