Colwell Bay 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, kayaks 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.

The view from Colwell Bay

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.

Paddle boarding at Colwell Bay

You can rent a paddle board for 30mins – 2 hours from the guys at SupDog PaddleBoard Hire during weekends and holidays. (At the bottom of Colwell Chine, turn right and look for their distinctive blue hut). Worth emailing/messaging them to check they’re open before you head down to the beach. For further information email them at

Dogs on Colwell 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.

Colwell Beach Walks

Following a landslip in 2012 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 Bay

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.

Shops at Colwell Bay

The 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.

Sending Postcards from Colwell

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).