Beaches

The coastline is littered with fine beaches, the choice is yours!

Avon Beach

Christchurch BH23 4AN

The main beach for Christchurch is mostly sandy with stunning views of the Needles on the Isle of Wight in the distance. There is a café, kiosks, shop and beach hire (including canoes). There are 2 car parks and in the height of the season it’s advised to arrive early!

Barton-on-Sea

Barton-on-Sea

This is a stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out. The cliffs are subject to considerable erosion and sometimes part of the western beach can be cordoned off.

Highcliffe

Cliff Road, Milford on Sea, Lymington

Highcliffe beach is a mixture of sand and stone. It can be accessed either by Highcliffe car park or via Highcliffe Castle car park. All facilities are found on the cliff top above the beach.

Mudeford Sandbank

Mudeford Sandbank

This sandy beach adjoins Hegistbury Head with picturesque views of Christchurch Harbour. The beach is well known for its beach huts. Unlike the normal beach hut, the Mudeford ones have residential status and they’re probably the most expensive fetching prices of over £100,000. The beach can only be reached by foot or bicycle (and landtrain from Hegistbury Head). We recommend the ferry from Mudeford Quay where there is good parking, but arrive early as it's a very popular spot.

Friar’s Cliff

Christchurch, Dorset

This beach is mostly sand and quieter than nearby Avon Beach. The car park is at Steamer Point from where you can also enjoy a tree lined cliff top walk to Highcliffe Castle (meandering through the Steamer Point Nature Reserve).

Hordle Cliff

Cliff Road, Milford on Sea, Lymington

A continuation of Milford on Sea (forming part of the coastal path), Hordle Cliff is a stony beach but has amazing views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles. Cliff walks are very popular with all ages and there’s plenty of seating along the tar macadam paths. There are 2 car parks along the cliff top with the more westerly park having a kiosk.

Milford-on-Sea

Milford-on-Sea

Milford on Sea is a stony beach with good views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles and an excellent walk along Hurst Spit to Hurst Castle. Next to the beach is the Needle Eye cafe, an ice cream kiosk and a children's play ground. The art deco Marine Cafe on the east side of the beach has recently been rebuilt; the upstairs has excellent panoramic views. There are 3 car parks. The shops and pubs in Milford on Sea village are 500 yards away.

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