The 5 Best Beaches To Travel To From Surrey

2022, Families, Interest

Did Someone Say Beach?

Summer is upon us now and you will be probably planning days out for the school Summer holidays to keep your little ones busy. I’ve put together this blog of The 5 Best Beaches To Travel To From Surrey.

As you may know, I love the beach and we spend quite a few days over the summer months there with West Wittering being our favourite place.

We are so lucky to live in Surrey that the nearest beach is under an hour away from Farnham.

From sandy beaches, pebble beaches, beaches for dogs, cafes, baby changing, & parking I have put together a helpful list of info of beaches and there will be one to suit you and your family…or explore them all this summer!

 


West Wittering

TIME FROM FARNHAM: 1 hour 8 mins

TYPE OF BEACH: Sandy

PARKING: From £8.50 per day via the Just Park app which is going to remain in place this Summer

Essential to book online before you go https://www.westwitteringestate.co.uk/

LIFEGUARDS: Yes-you can get a wrist band for your child from the lifeguard’s hut to write your mobile number on in case of a lost child

TOILETS/SHOWERS:There are three blocks of toilets, each of which has an accessible toilet (RADAR keys available from the cafe, lifeguard base, office and kiosks during opening hours). There are also two cold outdoor beach showers. Several taps providing drinking water are located along the side of the road.

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES: Yes

CAFE/FOOD: Dog friendly cafe 9am-4pm daily

DOGS: From 1st May to mid-September they are excluded from the Blue flag bathing zone. But you can walk them around East Head which is a great walk for an explore over the sand dunes.

WHERE ARE THE ICE-CREAMS?   Available from the cafe and huts along the car park


Hayling Island

TIME FROM FARNHAM: 54 mins

TYPE OF BEACH: Sandy & pebbly

PARKING: Chichester Ave Car Park Hayling Island PO11 9HP.  Check charges before going.

LIFEGUARDS: No

TOILETS/SHOWERS: Blocks of toilets along the beach front

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES: Yes

CAFE/FOOD:

OTHER THINGS TO DO: There is a mini raliway which runs along the front of the beach. You can check where from and to here: https://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/things-to-do/hayling-seaside-railway-p1508281

DOGS: Hayling’s unspoiled beaches offer plenty of open space for dogs as well as views and fresh air for their owners. There are however a few restrictions in place aimed at ensuring enjoyment of the beaches for all. You can check the maps where to walk with your furry friends here: https://hayling.co.uk/life/dog-walking-hayling-island/

WHERE ARE THE ICE-CREAMS?  There is an ice cream hut in Chichester Ave Car Park


HENGISTBURY BEACH, CHRISTCHURCH

best beaches to travel to from surrey

TIME FROM FARNHAM: 1 hour 30 mins

TYPE OF BEACH: Sandy

PARKING: £10.20 for 6 hours BH6 4EN

There is a large 24-hour long stay car park for visitors to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Sandbank. You can’t pay by cash but the machines will accept payment by card. Alternatively, you can pay by phone or by using an online app (JustPark, RingGo or PayByPhone) For more details CLICK HERE

TAKE THE TRAIN: A land train runs between the cafe and Mudeford Sandbank, otherwise it’s a 20 minute walk downhill.

TOP TIP: Take scooters/buggies/camping trolley and load up and walk the 15 min walk down to the beach to the left. It’s shady and a lovely walk/scoot down ad worth it when you reach the bottom. The children can play & climb on the way in the trees.

LIFEGUARDS: No

OTHER INFO: The beach is about 500m long and comprises golden sands backed with dunes and almost 300 colourful beach huts. Unlike other beach huts these ones are residential and can be stayed in overnight from April to October. Many of the huts are like tiny houses with kitchens and bedrooms upstairs.

TOILETS/SHOWERS: Lots along the beach hut stretch at Mudeford.

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES: Yes

CAFE/FOOD: The Hiker Cafe is by the main car park and also at Mudeford where the beach huts are.

DOGS: Allowed all year around

WHERE ARE THE ICE-CREAMS?   Available from the cafes


BRIGHTON

best beaches to travel to from surrey

TIME FROM FARNHAM: 1 hour 20 mins

TYPE OF BEACH: Pebbly

PARKING: Park in the Lanes car park and you can walk from there. Booking is essential. From £9 per hour.

LIFEGUARDS: Yes

TOILETS/SHOWERS: They are all along the front under the boardwalk. Clearly signed.

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES: Yes

CAFE/FOOD: So many to choose from!

DOGS: Dogs are permitted on all beaches in Brighton & Hove from 1 October to 30 April. The rest of the year, dogs are only permitted on beaches listed as dog-friendly beaches.

WHERE ARE THE ICE-CREAMS?   Available lots of places!


FRENSHAM GREAT POND

 

TIME FROM FARNHAM: 13 mins

A little closer to home with a sandy beach and a lake. Perfect if you don’t want to travel to the coast.

**Check the water quality before swimming as In the summer months the water has previously been affected by high levels of blue-green algae which can be hazardous for users.**

TYPE OF BEACH: Sandy

PARKING: Payment for parking is via RingGo only.  GU10 2QB.

LIFEGUARDS: No

TOILETS/SHOWERS: Yes, very nearby

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES: Yes

CAFE/FOOD: Nearby, clearly visable

DOGS: Allowed all the time

WHERE ARE THE ICE-CREAMS?   Available from the cafe


best beaches to travel to from surrey

I hope this blog is useful to you and your family over this Summer, we will be enjoying a few……

Enjoy the beach and getting your toes in the sand!

Lots of love

Zoe

xxx

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