Guide to Dorset's beaches

Hengistbury Head Beach

Hengistbury Head Beach

Hengistbury Head is a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble beach, with imposing clay and ironstone cliffs. At the less developed end is Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, which separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay. Plenty of parking as well as toilets and a cafe.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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Nudist/naturist beach



Several toilet blocks on the main beach.


There are spaces at Hengitsbury head and Mudeford quay.