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Christchurch Bay (Barton-On-Sea) Beach

Bournemouth, Hampshire

The beach is comprised of a short shingle foreshore with cliff slumps and relatively stable paths, backed by 30 metre high steep unstable clay cliffs. There are dense vegetation areas on the undercliffs and rock groynes along the beach.

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities
Cafes and restaurants


Swimming and sea canoeing
Some licensed club paragliding from the cliff top

Nature and Wildlife

There are cliff top footpaths above the beach. Adders are abundant on the cliff face.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by hand in the summer and bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Lymington Visitors Information Centre New Street Lymington Hampshire Tel: 01926 311470


Nearest town: Bournemouth
County: Hampshire
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7338, -1.6613
Postcode: BH25 7DZ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Barton-on-Sea is on the east side of Christchurch and is signposted from the A337. The beach is accessed from the cliff top car parks.

Public Transport

There are buses to New Milton village station.

Nearest Railway Stations

New Milton (Approx. 2 miles away)
Hinton Admiral (Approx. 2 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 4 miles away)
Christchurch (Approx. 5 miles away)
Lymington Town (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Pay and display cliff top car park for 200 cars. including spaces for disabled people.

Nearby Car Parks

Marine Drive East, Barton On Sea (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Marine Drive West, Barton On Sea (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Marine Drive 3 - Far East, Barton On Sea (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Becton Lane, Barton-On-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Barton Common Road, Barton on Sea (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Crossmead Avenue, New Milton (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Elm Avenue, New Milton (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Spencer Road South, New Milton (Short stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Taddiford Gap, Milford On Sea (Medium/Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Spencer Road North, New Milton (Short stay).
About 1.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

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