Hayling Island, Hampshire
Welcome to Hayling Island, the quintessential English beach destination! With fish and chip shops, welcoming pubs, and miles of beautiful beachfront, this is the perfect spot for water sports enthusiasts, including paddle boarding and kite surfing.
So why did we choose to visit Hayling Island?
It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Having spent countless summer days on this beach over 50 years ago, it was a delight to revisit and see that not much has changed. Crossing the bridge from Havant onto the island brought back all the same feelings.
Avoid the traffic jams!
Being such a popular location, expect some summer queues. But fear not! We’ve got a winning strategy for you: arrive early and stay late, maximizing your beach time and avoiding the crowds.
Now, let’s talk about all the exciting activities you can enjoy here! The beach at Hayling stretches for about 3 miles, and just like I used to do years ago, I recommend parking near Beachlands Golf Club, close to the “Inn on the Beach,” a fantastic spot for lunch. From there, you can take a leisurely stroll and observe all the different happenings. Trust me, it’s a quintessentially English beach experience.
Fish and Chips
As you venture towards Eaststoke, you’ll come across some charming shops and an excellent fish and chip shop that’s always bustling in the summer. A sure sign of deliciousness!
On your way, you’ll also pass by the Lifeboat Inn, affectionately known as the Liffie by the locals. It’s an authentic English pub that often features live music in the evenings – a perfect way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
If you’re not one for water sports, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see! Hayling Island is a popular destination for kite surfers, so you can enjoy the thrill of watching them in action. You’ll also spot groups of enthusiastic kayakers paddling across the waters.
And of course, swimming is always an option. While the brave can take a dip all year round, the warmest months for a pleasant swim are July, August, and September.
Now, let’s talk about costs. Parking is approximately £1.20 per hour, and I must warn you that traffic wardens can be quite vigilant, so it’s essential to make sure you pay. And when it comes to the iconic British dish – fish and chips – you can expect to pay just under £10 for two large portions.
Finally, let’s touch on the climate. During my visit in August, the sun was shining, and temperatures reached a delightful 28 degrees Celsius during the day. However, it’s important to remember that UK weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to bring a coat, just in case.
Hayling Island awaits you with its timeless charm, stunning beachfront, and exciting activities. Come and experience the best of an English beach getaway!