Overview of Keyhaven

Keyhaven lies at one end of the shingle bank which leads to Hurst Castle. It is a small fishing village with a small, sheltered harbour. The Keyhaven Yacht Club is situated at the head of the harbour. To the east of Keyhaven lies the nature reserve of Keyhaven marshes.

Keyhaven is a very popular launch point for crossings to the Isle of Wight however can experience very fast tidal flows as the tide is squeezed through the narrow gap between the Island and Hurst Spit.


  • Parking – Pay & Display in Keyhaven village, free roadside further down the road.
  • Toilets – In Keyhaven village carpark.
  • Pub – serves food
  • Slipway – part of Keyhaven Yacht Club.


The very sheltered section of paddling out of the harbour and into the shelter of the spit can be deceptive. At the end of the spit lies ‘The Trap’ – a tide race running over the shallows past Hurst Castle. Within a few paddle strokes it is possible to go from very calm to rough water depending on the wind, weather and tidal conditions.

However, this is also a draw of paddling from keyhaven providing access to a nice ‘playspot’ when conditions are right. Be aware of the fishermen using the end of the spit with lines running out a decent distance.

Possible Routes

  1. Keyhaven to IOW Crossing – Various locations
  2. Keyhaven to The Needles
  3. Keyahven to Highcliffe/Christchurch & various locations East along coast
  4. Keyahven to Lymington/Tanners Lane, Lepe or Calshot

Tides and Weather

Tide: Easytide Tidal Predictions For Hurst point
Weather: Hurst Castle Live Weather (Internet Explorer Only)
Wind: Windfinder Wind & Weather Data For Hurst Castle


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