Beach, walks and trails

Located on Calshot Spit stretching out into the Solent - Calshot offers a unique view out over the water towards Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

Our site offers a secure base to park your car and explore the local area.

During opening hours, we have toilets and a café on-site. 

Our surroundings have a rich heritage including an English Heritage castle and large indoor WW1 aeroplane hangars from when Calshot was used as an RAF base.

Beaches

Our lengths of shingle beaches are perfect for relaxing on and are rarely crowded, even on the hottest of days.

Western spit shingle beach

On the western side of the spit, overlooking the tidal Calshot marshes, here is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). You can enjoy catching glimpses of the varied wildlife that inhabits this environment.

Eastern spit shingle beach

On the eastern side of Calshot spit, straight ahead across the shipping channel is Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight over to the right. This is a great place to spot the many ships that regularly travel in and out of the channel towards Southampton. We do not have a lifeguard service on site and suggest caution when bathing in the waters, as we are close to the shipping channel and there can be strong currents.

Calshot beach

A short walk back along the spit you will find yourself upon Calshot beach on the southern side of the spit overlooking the Isle of Wight. This section is lined with idyllic multi-coloured beach huts and is popular in the summer months.

Western spit shingle beach

Eastern spit shingle beach

Walks

Lepe beach

Distance: 12km | Time: 3 to 5 hours

Highlights: Colourful beach huts; Calshot marshes (SSSI); Lutrell’s Tower; D Day Memorial; Lepe Country Park and The Lookout Café.

An enjoyable outing which handrails the coast westward from Calshot to Lepe Country Park and back. You will be rewarded with views over to the Isle of Wight throughout your walk and there are many spots to stop and enjoy on shingle beaches along the way. Look out for Lutrell’s Tower and the D Day memorial as you travel along. Take some time to explore the lovely Lepe Country Park and treat yourself to a drink or snack in The Lookout café. When refreshed, return the same way towards Calshot. Keep your eye on the sea and spot how much the tide has moved and the changes you see since you started your journey.

Ashlett creek

Distance: 7km | Time: 2 to 3 hours

Highlights: Jolly Roger Pub; Fawley Power station; Calshot marshes (SSSI)

Good to knows: It can get a little boggy along some sections, so wellies or sturdy shoes are recommended.

A ‘there and back’ walk with a nice pub at Ashlett creek to enjoy. It has a mix of road walking and on trail-walking which can be wet at times so wellies/waterproof shoes are advised. The walk showcases spectacular views across Southampton Water and explores the Calshot marshes with a close look of a disused power station which is currently being demolished.