Best Beaches In Hampshire & Dorset
At New Forest hotel, Careys Manor you get the best of both worlds. The hotel is situated in the heart of the New Forest national park, home to roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle and is also just a few miles drive from the sandy beaches of Hampshire and Dorset’s coastline.
There’s nothing like a lovely walk along the beach at any time of the year. Sink your toes into the soft sand of Highcliffe beach or enjoy a scenic walk along the pebbles of Milford with incredible views of the Isle of Wight – you can’t beat it.
Here are some of the best beaches to visit during midweek or weekend break in the New Forest.
Milford on Sea – 8.4 Miles From Careys Manor
Milford-on-sea is a stony beach with excellent views of the Isle of Wight. You can also walk from the beach along Hurst Spit to the English Heritage site of Hurst Castle an artillery fortress built by Henry VIII.
Barton-On-Sea – 9.1 Miles From Careys Manor
Visit for stunning cliff top walks with views out to the Isle of Wight and Hengistbury Head. Simply relax on the shingle beach with a picnic or follow the shoreline up to Highcliffe Beach or the other way to Milford Beach.
Mudeford – 12.3 Miles From Careys Manor
Home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the country, park at Mudeford Quay and catch the ferry to Mudeford Sandspit for great views to the Isle of Wight and Needles across the Solent. The beach extends off the ancient headland of Hengistbury Head with the whole area designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Water sports are available at the harbour side the beach
Highcliffe Castle & Beach – 10.9 Miles From Careys Manor
Once the holiday home of Harry Selfridge, founder of London department store, Selfridges, Highcliffe castle is a Grade 1 listed Gothic style Georgian mansion with gardens laid out by Capability Brown.
Highcliffe Castle will be open to visitors from Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm) and you can buy tickets online here. You can then while away the rest of you day on Highcliffe Beach, accessed by a sloping zig zag path, simple for wheelchairs or pushchairs or take the steps adjacent to the Castle car park.