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Avon beach, Dorset

Avon beach lies just just to the southwest of Friar's Cliff at Christchurch in East Dorset. The sand and shingle beach is an ideal spot for a family trip to the seaside, offering a safe gentle slope into the sea. Sand bars often appear depending on the tide movements.

The beach is a typical south coast beach in that it is regularly cut by wooden groynes attempting to reduce erosion by longshore drift.

Avon Beach is backed by a long line of beacch huts and is lifeguarded in high season. Other facilities include canoe hire, shops and a café. Activities locally include swimming, jet skiing and crab fishing especially at Mudeford Quay half a mile to the southwest.

There is also a good sized car park with spaces for 200 cars.

A seasonal dog ban is in force here, with dogs banned from 1st May to 30th September inclusive. However, dogs are allowed at Mudeford Quay all year round.


 Cafe, shop or pub

 Easily accessible


 Seasonal dog ban




OS Explorer Map OL22: New Forest

OS Explorer Map OL22: New Forest

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Ferndown and Sandbanks.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Christchurch, Wimborne, Swanage and Poole.

Nearby Attractions




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