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Holidays in Barton-on-Sea

A quiet seaside escape with a fossil-rich beach

UK | South Coast | New Forest | Barton-on-Sea

Get away to this peaceful seaside town on the South Coast, just below the New Forest National Park. This Hampshire holiday destination provides a serene, scenic base from which to explore sandy beaches, waterfront villages and natural sights.

Boasting its own stony and sandy beach, backed by colourful beach huts and towering clay cliffs, this is a wonderful spot for family days and fossil hunting. The cliffs at Barton-on-Sea are gradually eroding away, unearthing a myriad of fossils from the Barton Geological Beds, in particular, gastropods. Fossils can be collected on the foreshore but do not allow children to climb the landslips which can be dangerous.

Besides fossils, this beach has stunning cliff top walks with views out to the Isle of Wight, a selection of waterfront eateries, and is dog-friendly all year round, making it a fantastic place for a day at the seaside.

Hengistbury Head and Highcliffe are two places of interest to stop by during your break, both with 10 miles to the west of Barton-on-Sea.

The unspoilt headland of Hengisbury Head juts out into the English Channel and is crisscrossed with walking trails, a beach and even a land train that will take you on a scenic journey to Mudeford Spit. Pop into the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre on arrival to see an exhibition, visit the wildlife garden, and find out about this unique landscape.

Highcliffe on the other hand, is home to both an elegant 17th-century castle with grounds inspired by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and a sand and shingle beach with a promenade, cafes and cliff paths to explore. Wander the halls and corridors of the castle, before venturing outside into the grounds made up of 14 acres, with a manicured Parterre and woodland which connects to Steamer Point Nature Reserve.

"Venture along the coast to enchanting wildlife spots"

Just 5 miles to the east of Barton-on-Sea sits another beautiful outdoor space, the Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes Nature Reserve. A top spot among bird watchers and a great place for a day of adventure, trek along the seawall path for excellent views of the mudflats. Brent geese, black-tailed godwit and grey plover can all be spotted here at various times of year.

If you’re a golfing pro and keen to get a few swings in during your holiday, the Barton-on-Sea Golf Course is a top choice for playing while taking in sea views.

New Milton and Old Milton are both market towns just behind Barton-on-Sea, and between them, these three destinations host a wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants to ensure you have everything you could want on your next holiday to this South Coast setting. Begin searching through our selection of Barton-on-Sea cottage today and discover your ideal retreat for your next holiday to the coast.

While you’re there

Hengistbury Head

Ride the land train, look out for wildlife and climb the hill up to Warren’s Hill

Barton-on-Sea Beach

A sand and shingle beach ideal for fossil hunting and sea swimming on family days out

Highcliffe Castle and Gardens

Woodland walks wind through this estate and into the neighbouring Steamer Point Nature Reserve

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