Beach Amenities

Colwell Bay Amenities

  • Although Colwell Bay is a family seaside beach it’s also used by windsurfers, jet bikes and ski’s which can be launched from Colwell Chine.
  • Toilets, and fresh drinking water are available by the car park on Colwell Chine.
  • Deckchairs and sunloungers are available for hire from the Beach Shop.
  • Beach huts can be hired at the Beach Shop (at the bottom of the slipway on the left) however most are let for the entire season.

What can I see in front of me?
As you come to the bottom of Colwell Chine and you look across the Solent you’ll see Hurst Castle directly in front of you.  To the right you’ll see Brambles Chine and following the coast line along you’ll see Fort Albert (which now contains private residencies).  Please note there is no access to Fort Albert. To the left you’ll see various beach huts and the prom walk to Totland Bay.

Dogs on the beach
During the summer months (1st May – 30th September) dogs are not allowed on the beach at Colwell Bay.  However, your dog can enjoy the beach (during any month) in the zone from the right of the slipway at Colwell Chine all the way to Brambles Chine.  This area is clearly marked on the information board at the bottom of Colwell Chine.

Beach Walks
Following a landslip in 2012 we’re delighted that the coastal footpath between Colwell Bay and Totland Bay re-opened in September 2015.  You can now once again enjoy the picturesque walk between Colwell and Totland Bay the latter has a pier, toilets, and The Waterfront restaurant.

Parking at Colwell
Parking is available either on the council car park towards the bottom of Colwell Chine Road (this car park does charge) or along the Colwell Chine Road and Colwell Common. The car park and the Chine do get extremely busy during the peak holiday periods and can frequently be full by lunchtime on sunny August days.

Beach Shop, sited at the very bottom of the slipway, sells ice creams, beach attire and inflatables which can also be inflated for you as well. You can also pick up essential ‘beach hut’ requirements including: sun lotion, matches, milk, bread and newspapers. Beach Shop Facebook Page.

Post Box / Post Office
A post box is located at the side of the car park. (The nearest Post Office can be found within the Co-op supermarket on Hooke Hill in Freshwater village).