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Harbours & Beaches near Christchurch


Christchurch is uniquely situated on the shores of its own harbour, close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park.

The mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside and wide variety of attractions provide all the ingredients to make your holiday or short break extra special.

With a great range of places to eat and drink, a wealth of things to see and do, plus a variety of festivals and events, there is something to suit everyone whatever your age or taste.

The surrounding unspoilt beaches are perfect for swimming, bodyboarding, or simply for just for relaxing on.


Christchurch Harbour extends from Mudeford Spit in the east to the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Stour in the west.

It is an important area for nature conservation and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Harbour and Quays are popular venues for a range of recreational activities including sailing, angling, bird watching and water sports.

Christchurch Harbour view


Hengistbury Head is an outstanding site of international importance for wildlife and archaelogy.

It offers beautiful walks and beaches with fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, New Forest and Purbecks.

Access is easy for all abilities with a land train linking Hengistbury Head to Mudeford Spit, the home of the famous, colourful, most expensive beach houses in the UK.


Mudeford Quay has been traditionally linked with smuggling over the centuries and today is the focal point of the local fishing industry.

It is a popular sailing and wind surfing destination hosting many events including seafood festivals, art festivals and the annual Lifeboat Week.

The Quay is also popular for crabbing. There are several places to eat and drink, as well as areas to picnic. Hengistbury Spit, with its beautiful beaches, is a short ferry ride away.



Find out about other beaches in our Local Walks information

Mudeford Quay
Stour Lodge B&B Christchurch

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