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Hengistbury Head is the wild curved beach at the end of Bournemouth and Southbourne beaches. It is sand and shingle and a lot more natural than the popular beaches along this coastline, which are more closely managed. I most enjoy it at dusk, where you can get a great sunset over the back of the twinkling lights of Bournemouth. There is a large car park, although the road leading to it is locked at night, so ensure you don't get your car locked in. Best to park around Rolls Drive which is free on the road. I like to walk to where the cliffs tower over you away from the car park.

Watch out for fisherman at this time as they like to fish from the beach, however, they don't walk far from the car park.
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  • Falling rocks

This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

The sea gets deep off the beach quicker than the beaches further down, this makes it ideal for swimming. But watch out for currents and tides.

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  • Added: 24/02/2018

    A swim that feels beautifully wild, though easy to get to. Stunning sunsets over the water.

    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Falling Rocks

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

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