The English island of Hayling Island is located off the southern coast of England. The island is part of the borough that is known as Havant and is also part of the county that is known as Hampshire. Hayling Islands is twinned within the French areas of Gorron and Mayenne.
Hayling Island is a proper island therefore it is completely surrounded by watercourses regardless of the tides. The island is actually shaped a bit like a T and it is about six and a half kilometres long by about six and a half kilometres wide. There is a road bridge that connects the northern part of England with the island and there is also a small passenger ferry that connects the neighbouring island of Portsea within the city of Portsmouth.
There is a natural beach located on Hayling Island and this beach was once mainly sand however over the years it has been mechanically topped with single dreads. When it is low tide the sandbank at West Winner is visible and this sandbank extends a mile out to the sea.
The island of Hayling is mainly residential but the area is also very popular with tourists that are looking for sailing and windsurfing as there is a centre specialising in this on the island.
During the middle and late part of the twentieth century it is though that the population of Hayling Island doubles during the summer months. One of the main employment sectors on the island is tourism. Hayling Island has a residential population of about sixteen thousand eight hundred and eighty seven.
There are a vast number of places of interest within the town and the surrounding areas and these include the sailing club, the station theatre and the yacht harbour that is known as Sparkes.