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Highcliffe Beach

Christchurch, Dorset

A very attractive area of coast where breakwaters have created a series of cove-like sand and shingle beaches. Well known for body boarding and swimming. The Cliffhanger Café with toilet facilities is located on the cliff top next to the large car park and offers great views to the Isle of Wight. There is a surfaced wheelchair route from Waterford Road to Chewton Glen. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Groyne H8 and H11 between 1 May and 30 September, but are permitted on the gravel promenade if on a lead. Highcliffe Castle and Highcliffe village are both a short walk away.

Beach Type

Shingle and sand


Toilets (inc disabled)
Cafes & restaurants


Jet skiing
Body boarding
Zoning for watersports

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is close to the Dorset coastal path and Avon valley walks. Christchurch Coastal Path - The path runs the full length of the Christchurch coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Beach cleaned manually every day during the summer and at regular intervals in winter.


Dogs banned between groynes H8 & H11 from 1st May to 30th Sept.


Nearest town: Christchurch
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7365, -1.69387
Postcode: BH23 5DG
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From Christchurch on the A35 take the A337 (Lymington Road) at Somerford Roundabout towards Highcliffe. Take a right turn into Wharncliffe Road for access to the cliff top car park.

Public Transport

Hinton Admiral Train Station Wilts & Dorset Buses 121, 123 from Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton or Lymington.

Nearest Railway Stations

Hinton Admiral (About a mile away)
New Milton (Approx. 2 miles away)
Christchurch (Approx. 4 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 5 miles away)
Pokesdown (Approx. 6 miles away)

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


Parking for 900 including disabled. Fees apply from 1st Mar to 31st Oct.

Nearby Car Parks

Highcliffe Cliff Top, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Wortley Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Marine Drive West, Barton On Sea (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Steamer Point, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Hinton Admiral Station - South, Hinton (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Hinton Admiral Station - North, Hinton (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Marine Drive East, Barton On Sea (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Southcliffe Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Becton Lane, Barton-On-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Christchurch