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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay

Chris M with BRAND NEW sail
Chris M with a brand new sail. Sometime in 2003 I think.
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Hillhead

Windsurfing
Never gets really rough here due to the Isle of Wight creating chop rather than waves but beginners might consider it challenging on a windy day because it is open sea. A few groynes to watch out for at high tide and a slight shore dump on the steeply shelving part of the beach. Apart from that, it's just a great blasting venue, neither being silky smooth or nice'n'wavy. Possible to stand up for a fair way out at low tide and practise beach starts or just to stand around chatting. It can be quite busy on a sunny windy day so, if you want to chat, you may become a gybe mark!
Parking
Nice big FREE tarmac car park, occasionally gets full in peak summer so, if visiting on such a day, arrive early.
Facilities
Council quality loos, snack bar just along the beach in a kiosk. Rig on the beach (sand/pebbles) or on a small grass verge (big enough). Sailing club may help in an emergency rescue situation if they are out racing (most Sundays). Andy Biggs windsurfing shop is not too far away in Gosport.

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Lee on Solent

Windsurfing
Never gets really rough here due to the Isle of Wight creating chop rather than waves but beginners might consider it challenging on a windy day because it is open sea. A few groynes to watch out for at high tide and a slight shore dump on the steeply shelving part of the beach. Apart from that, it's just a great blasting venue, neither being silky smooth or nice'n'wavy. Possible to stand up for a fair way out at low tide and practise beach starts or just to stand around chatting. It can be quite busy on a sunny windy day so, if you want to chat, you may become a gybe mark!
Parking
Nice big FREE tarmac car park, occasionally gets full in peak summer so, if visiting on such a day, arrive early.
Facilities
Council quality loos, snack bar just along the beach in a kiosk. Rig on the beach (sand/pebbles) or on a small grass verge (big enough). Sailing club may help in an emergency rescue situation if they are out racing (most Sundays). Andy Biggs windsurfing shop is not too far away in Gosport.

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Stokes Bay

Windsurfing
Not the most picturesque place in the world but we always seem to have great windsurfing here. Steeply shelving pebble beach, making launching difficult for beginners, especially at high tide - not so bad when the tide falls. We normally pick low tide weekends. Good intermediates venue because it rarely gets too rough due to the shelter provided by the Isle of Wight. If you like waves, it gets bouncy if you venture a little further out.
Parking
We tend to use the small car park at the extreme western end of the bay. Pay and display. Right on the beach and close to the water even at low tide - no long walks dragging kit! If this car park is full, you can park in a small side street running parallel to the beach but set back a bit or there is a huge pay and display car park just along the road (to the east).
Facilities
Loos in car park, cafe in the form of a trailer/van right in the car park too, open most of the year. There are plans for a pukka brick built cafe, with showers and changing rooms - watch this space. Half a mile along the prom (at the Stokes Bay Sailing Clu8) there is also a cafe and a seafood restaurant. Andy Biggs windsurfing shop in Gosport. Inshore rescue lifeboat 2 car parks along the bay (about 2 miles away, SE direction).

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Last updated: 03/08/08 22:29 By: johng
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Added by Genevieve on 01/04/08

Web:www.cowesharbourweather.com

A useful Solent webcam found by Steve D. Seems to be at the shop at Calshot ? Gives a good idea of Solent conditions.

Added by Genevieve on 03/02/09

CHILDFRIENDLINESS
Pretty good with toilets and cafe's nearby. Booties might be needed for the beach and swimming access can be more difficult sometimes.

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