Recommended beaches within an hour’s drive of North Hampshire:

West Wittering – large and unspoilt sandy beach with views of the South Downs

Lepe Beach – sand and shingle beach forming part of Lepe Country Park

Alum Chine, Bournmouth – wide sandy beach with paddling pool and adventure playground

Mudeford – sandy beach, note: no direct road access

Frensham Pond – part of Frensham Common with sandy lakeside beach

Cotswold Water Park Beach – large inland beach in the Cotswold Country Park

Royal Victoria Country Park – shingle beach for seashore strolls, play area and railway

Southbourne, Nr Bournemouth – sandy beach with parking and promenade

Sandbanks Beach, Poole – little more than an hour but long sandy beach, play area, café

Weymouth Beach – little more than an hour but sandy beach minutes from town centre