Monday, 11 June 2007

The Solent, Taddiford Gap.

Taddiford Gap, view from the top of the cliff.

Taddiford Gap is a location reached via the A3058 between New Milton and Milford on Sea. There is a pay and display car park in a small valley on the seaward side of the road, it is easy to miss. There is a lay-by towards Milford where you could park for free but there is already quite a walk (about 400 yards) along a level path to the beach from the car park. There are no toilets of any other facilities nearby.
There is a climb down to the beach which is easy enough when the ground is dry. Do not even think about climbing down during or after periods of heavy rain....

Taddiford Gap, dangerous unstable soil slips.

As can be seen from the picture above the soil is clay and sand and is soft and unstable after heavy rain; sections slump and ooze onto the shingle beach. A further feature that may be off-putting is the fact that the area to the west of the access point is much favoured by nudists, especially gay nudists.
The beach is sheltered from northerly winds and is pleasant to fish, looking as it does out across to The Needles. The ground is generally clean sand and shingle. Species caught here are the usual for this stretch of coast, sole and small turbot are quite commonly caught here along with smoothound at times. Mackerel and gar show up on some tides and it is always worth casting a large bait in close for a bass. Light gear can be used as casting distance is not really important, ragworm, squid, sandeels and mackerel all catch fish here.
The nearest tackle and bait shop is Loni's Angling Centre at 119-123 Old Milton Road which is off the A337 towards New Milton or if travelling via Christchurch, Davis Tackle at Bargates.