13 Dog Friendly Beaches in Hampshire

Hoping to include your canine companion on your next adventure in Hampshire? Planning a dog friendly getaway but unsure where is suitable? Look no further than this handy guide for dog friendly beaches in Hampshire!


Whether you're seeking a scenic coastal stroll or a leisurely countryside ramble, we've got you covered. Discover some of the most dog friendly beach spots in this picturesque county, ensuring your furry pal can tag along and make magical memories with you. Whether you want to head to popular summer beaches like Southsea, or a Blue Flag beach like Eastoke Beach (Hayling Island), there’s sure to be a beach to suit everyone’s needs! So, let’s get started…

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Calshot Beach

Calshot Beach is a shingle beach that reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. It’s popular for walking, swimming, and watersports like windsurfing and kitesurfing due to its exposed position. The beach has a family-friendly atmosphere with amenities like cafes, shops, and beach huts for hire. Watch the boats on the Solent, and take a paddle in the waters with your pooch.

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Milford-on-Sea Beach

Home to a sandy beach when the tide is low and views toward Christchurch Harbour and the Isle of Wight, this picturesque beach is backed by colourful beach huts. Milford-on-Sea Beach is great for enjoying the spectacular views from the top of the beach huts, with a walkway that runs along the top – you and your pup can enjoy its full length.

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Taddiford Gap

This remote beach near Milford-on-Sea is full of shingle and mud-sand and is a great beach to escape the hustle and bustle. The low cliffs at Taddiford Gap are well known for being rich in fossils. Did you know that shark teeth, microfossils, and even mammal and crocodile remains have been found here? Why not see what you can discover with your pooch by your side?

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Barton-on-Sea Beach

Barton-on-Sea is a shingle beach that is backed by cliffs to the east of Bournemouth. As the cliffs can be unstable, this is a great location for fossil hunting and beachcombing. The gently sloping beach is ideal for families with dogs and the promenade has cafes, shops, and beach huts – perfect for a Hampshire holiday day out!

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Southsea Beach

Another one of the Hampshire dog friendly beaches is this long stretch of shingle beach that runs along the seafront of the city of Portsmouth and is more than your typical seaside resort! The beach and surrounding area also host large events and festivals in the summer months, so why not plan your holiday around that? And at only a 30-minute drive from the Mill Rythe Holiday Park.

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Goatee Beach

This Beach is a small remote beach behind Eling Church and a tranquil environment, just a 30-minute drive from the Sandy Balls Holiday Park. It may not be a place where you sunbathe, but it’s amazing for dog walks and enjoying views. If you’re after a spot away from the crowds, this is definitely one to visit and one of the best dog friendly beaches in Hampshire!

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Browndown Point Beach

Another great beach that you’ll find on the Hampshire coast is this stunning pebble beach known as Browndown Beach. With lots of open space, is known for its dramatic scenery and kayaking opportunities, as well as being a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest – some parts of the beach are fenced off to protect the coastal vegetation. 

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Stokes Bay

This southwest-facing beach named Stokes Bay in Gosport is a shingle beach known for a range of watersports and swimming – even your dog can have a paddle! Plus, with the Gosport Splash Park on the seafront, it’s perfect for kids too (dogs aren’t permitted here). With plenty of historical significance and locations like the Diving Museum, you can have a great day out here.

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Eastoke Beach (Hayling Island)

On Hayling Island with its Blue Flag status, and a 10-minute drive from the holiday park here, Eastoke Beach is a pebble and sand beach that’s extremely popular due to its unspoilt nature. This makes it perfect as one of the best dog friendly beaches in Hampshire for your pooch to explore. Did you know that windsurfing was invented on Hayling Island and still remains popular here.

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Hill Head Beach

This shingle beach is set across the Solent from the Isle of Wight, which is backed by a tarmac walkway. Hill Head Beach provides sweeping views across the water and is popular with families, sailors, and windsurfers taking advantage of the sheltered conditions. It’s a great spot to sit back and watch the boats come and go with your pooch. 

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Lee-on-the-Solent has a shingle beach in Gosport, located on the coast of the Solent. The gently sloping beach is good for watersports and greensward and is perfect for picnics, exercise, relaxation, and games of fetch with your pooch. A promenade runs along the beach with cafes, seaside attractions, and beach huts – a perfect definition of Hampshire dog friendly beaches!

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Hordle Cliff

Hordle Cliff is a remote stretch of unspoiled beach featuring chalk cliffs that provide great vantage points. At low tide, it has a sandy shoreline backed by pebbles. People love to gather for plenty of activities, including surfing or playing a beach game with space for your whole family to explore. Even your dog can have the best time exploring this beautiful beach

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This stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With views across to the Isle of Wight and some of the best coastal walks perfect for your dog, you can experience the best days out ever! Plus, it’s between a 40-50 minute drive from the Sandy Balls holiday park, allowing you to plan the best day out in the local area!

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Remember to always check the dog restrictions yourself before visiting as some may vary.

Ready to take your pup to a dog friendly Hampshire beach?

If you answered yes, then we hope that this great list of dog friendly beaches in Hampshire helps you make the best start to your Hampshire holiday!

And with plenty to choose from, this is even better because you can access them easily from the dog-friendly holiday parks here. With your accommodation and beaches sorted, you’ve got the large majority of your holiday plans covered, so if you haven’t already, why not book your next getaway today? Then, you can share some of the best holiday memories with your pooch right by your side!

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