Directly out front of Eastoke Corner beach car park is a slightly steeper part of the beach than Beachlands. This does mean that the shore break, at higher tide, is significant and should be taken note of by lesser skilled paddlers. Lower waters are fine for all levels.
Paddlers continuing their journey east need to be aware of ebbs and flows of Chichester Harbour. Once over the sand bank the water that sluices in and out is extremely strong. It’s also an area that gets busy with boat traffic.
This area of Hayling also gets a bit more wave action than further west and during large swells will see good riding on offer for those who have the skills.
If you carry on past the sailing club (HISC) then there are a number of sheltered creeks that offer tranquil and peaceful paddling at higher states of tide. Wildlife is abundant in this area and the chances of spotting seals and rare birds are probable.
How to get there:
Head across the bridge and continue all the way down to the sea front. As you come to the roundabout, in front of the funfair, hang a left and continue to where the amusement arcade and Lifeboat Inn are located. There’s a large car park area to the right.
Toilets, parking and various retail outlets just over the road from the drop in point at Eastoke Corner. There isn’t anything at Sandy Point other than a nature reserve flanking the beach.
Strong tides, boat traffic, fishermen and sometimes harsh weather need to be handled.
Ins and Outs:
Put in right opposite the car park at Eastoke Corner. Paddle up to Sandy Point and round into the harbour.
Hayling Island is the home paddling spot of sitons.com so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions relating to paddling on the island.
The eastern side of Hayling is mainly used by locals and those in the know. Offering more shelter from the predominant westerly wind, this neck of the woods is where to head to get away from it all and score a session to yourself.