The one-and-a-half kilometre long Hengistbury Head separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay, and encloses Christchurch Harbour on its landward side. Most of the headland remains undeveloped and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.Tweet
Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.
There are 500 pay and display parking spaces at Hengistbury Head.
Dogs are allowed
Beach cleaned regularly
Swimming and windsurfing.
Hengistbury Head is an Ancient Monument. Information signs interpret the history and wildlife of the area and there are nature trails to be explored. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach
Beach type: shingle, pebbles,
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Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.
High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?
Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.
At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-
Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.
Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!
MCS beach cleans are run all year round with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' in September.
Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.
Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins
Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it
Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!
Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Bournemouth Hengistbury West beach
We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.
Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.
Visit Fish2fork website
Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is a MCS Fish to Avoid
There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!
You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come
across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially
if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell
us what you find.
Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".
Within 10 miles of Bournemouth Hengistbury West beach
Jellyfish seen here by Michelle Clements
on 18 Aug 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 15 Aug 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Elizabeth Wooldridge
on 14 Aug 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Darren Johnston
on 23 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Jess Merritt
on 19 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Malcolm Waite
on 17 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Matt Shaylor
on 17 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Sharon Snelgrove
on 17 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Chris Witheford
on 16 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Kerrie Osborne
on 12 Jul 2016