Hengistbury Head Beach, Bournemouth

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Jutting into the English Channel stands Hengistbury Head Beach, host to rare plant species and wildlife, some of Britain's most expensive beach huts, and a plethora of ancient monuments. Pay a visit to the visitor center to learn more about the area’s ecology, archaeology, and history, with monuments dating from the Late Upper Paleolithic period to the Roman settlement of Britain. Take in the scenery by walking on well-defined gravel paths or strolling across its sandy beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre for activities such as sailing, power boating, and windsurfing--although these should be booked in advance. For weary legs, the Noddy Train makes regular journeys from the cafe located at the bottom of the Head to the end of the spit, taking around ten minutes. Parking is available but can fill up early, particularly in summer months. There are a number of extra parking options available in the nearby towns. See Hengistbury Head Beach and all Bournemouth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bournemouth trip itinerary maker .
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  • A super place to take in the air and the views. Good walking area with sea views, dunes, even a road train to get you back to the car park if the walk has become too much. There is a cafe there if nee...  more »
  • Wide open spaces and at this time of year, March 19) very quiet. Walked over the headland and back via the beach 1.5 hours. Beautiful!  more »
  • Wonderful nature area with nice walking area, but also good for good runners. The beach is also near by and you will have to views of the coast.  more »
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