Portsmouth to Beachy Head

We are planning 3 days in Portsmouth next spring (as part of a larger intinerary). We would like to rent a car and drive to Beachy Head to see the white cliffs and poke around and return to Portsmouth. Can this be comfortably done in a day?

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

It's a couple of hours each way. What's the question?

Posted by Steve
Villa Park, CA
10 posts

So 4 hours of driving, 4-5 hours of hiking sight-seeing, lunch, etc. Sounds like a fairly easy day. This would be our only chance to see "white cliffs", so I was trying to gauge the difficulty factor.
Thanks

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

We are off to the island tomorrow for a week. It's a lovely place.

Posted by Bob
Bristol, UK
279 posts

You don't have to drive all the way from Portsmouth to Beachy Head to see white cliffs. An alternative is the white cliffs on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. You could either take you car over on the ferry or travel as a foot passenger and then use the train and bus to get around. There are plenty of things to see and do on the island, and parts certainly deserve the American adjective "quaint". You could visit Osborne House, one of Queen Victoria's favourite homes.

Posted by Maggie
Boscombe, Dorset, UK
960 posts

Bob's right- in fact you might be able to see the white cliffs of the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth. I can see them from where I live on the other side of Southampton Water.
A day trip over to the island would be fun. There's a different 'vibe' from the mainland.

Posted by Steve
Villa Park, CA
10 posts

Thanks, that sounds like a better use of our time.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

Growl - I'm still disappointed that my anticipated visit to the Isle of Wight and Osborne House had to be aborted because of very strong winds and a drenching rain that forced closure of the ferries on the only day we had available to make the journey. We went instead to the Fishbourne Roman Palace (villa) and enjoyed the beautifully excavated Roman mosaics and museum there.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

Kevin, do you mind saying where you stay over there? I intend to try again on a future trip. I'd love to bike ride over there.

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

Rose, we rent a house near Shanklin, where we are able to take our dogs with us. Not exactly convenient, but we take the car with us on the ferry.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

Thanks, Kevin. I need to do some homework to determine the best way to visit the Isle to suit my circumstances.