Why head for Sandbanks Beaches?
The distance from Sandbanks beaches to Hengistbury head on foot is about 10 miles (16 kms), an easy, flat walk, mostly on a wide promenade with cliffs on one side and Bournemouth Bay on the other.
However, cycling on much of the promenade is forbidden at peak times of the day during summer months.
It’s also enjoyable to take an open-top bus (regular, not a tourist special) through to Bournemouth centre where you can change to head to Hengistbury Head.
Those houses vaguely visible are very pricey, in fact, before the crunch this small piece of real estate was the fourth most expensive land by sq metre in the world. But you can still laze and bathe here! (If you can find a parking spot).
Sandbanks to Studland beaches ferry, Poole Harbour, Dorset.
Looking across to Sandbanks peninsula from Shell Bay beaches, Studland, Poole.
Poole Harbour and town is visible on the left while Bournemouth town and beaches stretch away on the far right across Bournemouth Bay. All are in Dorset.