Before we head over the Isle of Wight (again!) we spend a couple of nights on Hayling Island.
Hayling Island is an actual little island off the south coast of England that is accessible via a road bridge or ferry.
The natural beach is predominantly sandy, but in recent years it has been mechanically topped with shingle dredged from the bed of the Solent in an effort to reduce beach erosion.
It’s also incredible windy and is a fab spot for kite and windsurfing – in fact windsurfing was actually invented here!
There’s a colourful little beach cafe perfect for a hot drink or a cooling ice – but it’s all boarded up for the season unfortunately.
In the off season the empty shingle beach has a slightly mournful air, bereft of the summer crowds.