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South & South East Coast of England

Discover the local coastline in South & South East England including the counties Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, and The Isle of Wight. Plan a coastal nature trip, staycation or holiday with our curated guide.

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Blue Flag beaches – South East
With around 300 miles of beautiful coastline, the South East is home to many of the best beaches in the UK…

Coastal walks in the South East
The National Trust details many ideas for coastal walks to enjoy unspoilt areas of the South East of England.

South East England beaches
The Beach Guide presents the beaches of South East England, categorised by county.

England Coast Path – South East
National Trails “From the Wash to Southampton, passing stunning wildlife and culture…”

Hampshire

The New Forest – Coast
Stretches along the south of the New Forest from Barton on sea to Totton, not far from the city of Southampton.

Coast – Hampshire County Council
Conservation, biodiversity and information for visiting the coast.

Nature Reserves – Hants. & IOW Wildlife Trust
Map and details of all their nature reserves, a few of which are on the coast.

North Solent National Nature Reserve
Making up part of The New Forset National Park, the North Solent NNR is a large, multiple habitat reserve on the coast.

The Solent Way – Hants. Council
“From Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour”. Divided into 8 sections, detailed on the county council website.

Hampshire Coast & Countryside – National Trust
National Trust properties, nature reserves, bays and more.

Hampshire Beaches – the beach guide
Details of 19 beaches in Hampshire.

Isle of Wight

Coast & Country – Isle of Wight
The Island’s landscape and coastline offer fantastic experiences of dramatic cliffs, long and hidden beaches…

Isle of Wight Coast Path
The Long Distance Walkers Association presents information on the path running the entire coastline of The Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight AONB – Landscapes
Discover shorelines, cliffs, undercliffs…

Summer coastal walks – National Trust
Six walks taking in the coastline of National Trust managed coast. Also at The National Trust: Walking on the Isle of Wight.

East & West Sussex

The Living Coast
The place where people and nature come together in our world-class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast…

Things to do on the W. Sussex Coast
Experience West Sussex presents ideas for you to enjoy this part of the coast spanning around 50 miles.

Seven Sisters Country Park
Situated in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs…

West or East Sussex Local Nature Reserves
Details of all local nature reserves, including land and coastal locations.

Coastal – Sussex Wildlife Trust
Lots of information on habitats and their nature reserves at Seaford Head and Rye Harbour on the Hampshire Coast.

The Sussex Coast Past & Present
Part of a geography research project (pdf), at the University of Sussex.

Marine Sites of Nature Conservation Importance
Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre and Sussex Inshore & Coastal Fisheries Authority interactive map of the Sussex marine environment.

Kent

Coastal Habitats – Kent Wildlife Trust
General information about the coastal habitats of Kent with further pages about sand dunes, beaches and more…

Guardians of The Deep
Learn more about the astonishing wildlife that lives around Kent’s shores…

The Thanet Coast
“Together with Pegwell Bay, is an internationally important place for wintering birds and the marine life…”

Coastal Access in Kent – Kent Ramblers
Recent reports by The Kent Ramblers available as pdf’s covering each section.

Seaford Head Nature Reserve, East Sussex
Seaford Head Nature Reserve, East Sussex. By Poliphilo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Haven sites on the South & South East Coast

Camping and Touring pitches, Chalets and Lodges at Church Farm and Combe Haven in Sussex or Allhallows in Kent. Explore the coast by day and kick back and relax in the evenings with all amenities on site.

Rural Retreats on the Coast of Kent

A wide range of self-catering holidays in a diverse range of properties from lighthouse cottages to charming houses with sea views.

Recommended reading

England Coast BooksThe England Coast Path

“Love exploring the English coast? Then this is definitely one for your rucksack. 1,000 mini adventures bring a fresh sense of adventure to your seaside escape.” Coast Magazine.

Coast BooksAround the Coast in 80 Days

Your Guide to Britain’s Best Coastal Towns, Beaches, Cliffs and Headlands.

Also see: The Countryside of South East or South West England.

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