The popular village of Milford-on-Sea and its neighbouring Keyhaven enjoy an enviable coastal position on the edge of The New Forest National Park, with stunning views from the beach across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and Needles, as well as Christchurch Harbour.
The traditional village offers a complete range of shops (butchers, greengrocer, newsagents, off licenses and a number of gift shops), as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants all nestled around the village green and a short stroll from the village centre to breath-taking cliff top walks and beaches, lined with colourful beach huts.
The closest beach to the village centre is Hurst Road Beach with parking and toilets nearby plus the Needles Eye Café which has its own ice cream kiosk and children’s play area.
Milford-on-Sea is an ideal place to take to the water. Hire a paddle board (booking office in Milford High Street) or kayak or take a lesson and explore the picturesque Keyhaven River and salt marshes by water, with Hurst Castle and the scenic coastline of the New Forest.
There are also a number of popular crabbing spots along the Milford – Keyhaven estuary, just along from the beach café….popular with both kids and adults alike!
The hamlet of Keyhaven falls within the parish of Milford-on-sea sits opposite of the shingle bank (spit) and the historic Hurst Castle. Keyhaven is a popular spot for bird watching with many wetland species frequenting the area.
Just 1.5 miles from Milford on Sea is Hurst Castle which can be reached by an interesting walk along the shingle spit, or by ferry shuttle from Keyhaven.
The castle is owned by English Heritage and should be top of your list as places to visit when staying in the area. The castle has a long military history, dating from Tudor times when it was built by Henry VIII to defend the Solent.
It was also the prison of Charles I and is now owned by English Heritage, under the management of Hurst Marine. During World War II, Hurst Castle was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights due to its strategic location.