Hengistbury Head Beach

Hengistbury Head Beach, Bournemouth: Hours, Address, Hengistbury Head Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Hengistbury Head Beach
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Dominic O
Bath, UK14 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Hengistbury head is and will always be one of my favourite beachs. It was here where I proposed to my future wife.
To be honest I was bricking it from the day before we went. My plan was quite simple but flawless- I had this idea of finding a message in a bottle with ‘Will you marry me?’ written on a note inside the bottle. What I didn’t know, was how I was convincing her to go to the beach (which wasn’t a very beach weather day).
I chose Hengistbury head- as you can take dogs, it’s a nice walk, and it doesn’t get too busy. The last thing I wanted was for loads of people to witness me getting down to one knee.
We walked down the beach front, all with my thumb in that little pocket in my jeans. Making sure I hadn’t lost the ring. Let’s be honest if I dropped it I wouldn’t be finding it very easy.
We walked til the peak of the beach (turning point). It was there where I decided to do the proposal.
I said that we’d better give the dog some water. So while she was faffing about with the bag and the water, I crept off to try and semi bury this bottle. Very subtly (not) I dug my heel into the sand/stoney terrain, semi submerged the bottle and waited.
I had to give her a huge hint “oh look a bottle!” I encouraged her to get the bottle to open it. Still confused out of her mind she unrolled the note and read allowed “Will you marry me?” Instantly burst into tears to find me behind the note holding onto this sweaty ring that I’d been in skin contact with since we parked up. Obviously said yes (I’m a stud).
We walked down to mudeford beach where we had a glass of Prosecco each and walked back to the car on the high ground. It was a lovely day. It’s a lovely beach. Lots of parking.
Written April 23, 2022
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Rod M
Derby, UK159 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We walked from the main car park to Mudeford Beach. Pay and display or use Ringo app. Looks like a long way but it’s not too difficult. Pretty flat and some lovely views from the top of the small hill on route. There is a road train that will take you from the car park which is £2.20 each way. You can get a one way ticket and walk back. We went when it was blowing a gale and it was very exhilarating. The sea was really rough and made us appreciate Mother Nature. At mudeford beach it was very quiet and serene. It may have been because it was so windy but well worth it. We did not realise that there was a ferry from the mudeford harbour for £2. Plenty of toilets at the beach and places to eat and drink.
Written August 1, 2021
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MildManneredMaurice
1 contribution
Jun 2020
What an amazing place! If I close my eyes and listen to the waves crashing onto the shore I feel like I'm in Spain or Italy or Poland or Camber Sands. The beautiful steamships remind me of a forgotten era of bygone days. The queue for an ice cream is like being on the red carpet for the premiere of a movie starring Bradley Cooper, but without the mumbling. A perfect place to stare into the eyes of a beautiful lady and wonder what adventures await! Car park is very over-priced and the toilets have a strange smell of mashed potato. Is it possible to make it more sandy? Also who is Hengistbury and why is this place named after his head. Asking for a friend.
Written June 15, 2020
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Dakles
Southampton, UK1,329 contributions
Nov 2020
Whilst this is a relatively straightforward walk over the headland and along the sand spit in front of Christchurch harbour it is blessed with some truly lovely see views, especially on a sunny day with blue skies. From the top of the Head there is a great view across to the Isle of Wight and also backwards down the Dorset coast. Access up and over the Head is via macadam footpaths which make life easy underfoot and the inclines are relatively gentle. Once over the headland you can wander along the sand spit to the mouth of Christchurch harbour. We walked out along the sea frontage and back along the harbourside where there is a cafe and public toilets close to the ferry jetty. We returned to the car park along the shingle beach rather than over the Head. The car park is quite large and in Winter charges are only £3.80 for all day. There is another cafe and set of toilets at the car park.
Written November 12, 2020
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Caroline
3 contributions
Jun 2021
Our day at Hengistbury Head started off very well, but ended with a bitter note because of the rude driver of the land train. My husband gets motion sick when he has to ride any vehicle backwards. We told this to the driver and asked him if we could change our place on the train. The driver allowed us to change our place, however did it under very rude comments. He even implied we were lying by saying ‘I am not sure I really believed you’.
Everyone around us could hear him, which made me and my family very embarrassed and uncomfortable. This incidence spoiled our whole day, don’t bother to ride the train.
Written June 4, 2021
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DeeDee111977
Sandhurst, UK22 contributions
Jul 2020
There is ample parking at Hengistbury Head beach. The car park uses the JustPark app, in case you want to download before you leave. From the car park, to get to the beach, go towards the cafe selling ice-creams and opposite the toilets, there is a small entrance and a long path towards some picnic tables. Keep going for 5 minutes and the beach starts there. If you continue past the toilets and cafe the other way, there is another path but we didn't go down there.

Once you get to the beach, from that point, the beach is dog friendly. We walked quite a way up the beach and could still see dogs there. Not sure how far up the beach they are allowed but they are definitely free to roam as soon as you get there.

The beach is pebble and sandy, more so when the tide is out. After the pebbles and up to the nature reserve, there is more soft sand.

It was very windy, not sure if this is normal for this area and it was a hot day (31oC inland)

Behind the beach, there is a nature reserve that is great for dogs.

I would definitely return.
Written August 3, 2020
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Graham S
Bournemouth, UK354 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is well off the beaten path with free parking nearby on the street and a cafe and toilets also close (not as close as you’d like it). The beach is sandy and you’ll have lots of room. If you’re up this end of town it’s good choice. There’s also a nice walk through to Christchurch.
Written August 17, 2020
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Char F
13 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Such a beautiful place to visit. Always very windy and cold due to being so exposed to wrap up warm! Visited with a baby in tow today and very surprised that neither baby change in the visitor centre or by the toilets was open, bit cold to do an outside job but needs must! Also very disappointed that although the cafe is open they are only serving food in takeaway containers now. Pretty sure a dishwasher kills germs and a shame to put laziness before the environment at such a crucial turning point for it. Still an amazing place for a view and fresh air!
Written September 26, 2020
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🌍FamilyTravels🛫
Europe1,326 contributions
Apr 2020 • Family
A mixed of sand and stoney beach. There is a Cafe right next to the car park but was closed due to the current climate.
There are 2 walks to Mudeford beach. You can either go over the top of Hengistbury Hill top or through the the northern side walk way.
Overall a nice beach but not a sandy beach like advertised.
Written May 19, 2020
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Kieren savile
3 contributions
Jul 2019
I spent 1 fun filled week in the lovely town of Bournemouth with my 4 kids and my stunning wife.
we where told by a friend that hengistbury head and how it is a beach that everyone should visit, we walked up and over the cliff which led to us see one of the most spectacular views are have ever seen in my 47 years on this earth.
Along with the silky soft sand brushing though my toes, you also had access to some beautiful beach huts of which we stayed in for just on day but it was quite a fun day.
Written March 12, 2020
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