This sand and shingle beach situated roughly halfway between Mudeford and Highcliffe is an ideal spot for a family trip to the seaside.
As with many south coast beaches, Friar's Cliff beach is cut by groynes - a mixture of rock and wooden boards attempting to reduce erosion of the beach by longshore drift.
A row of brightly painted beach huts line the promenade behind the beach and are available for hire. Friar's Cliff has a good range of facilities and is lifeguarded between July 3rd and September 5th.
The beach is popular for swimming, windsurfing and sea canoeing, with zoning for watersports. Toilets lie behind the beach huts and promenade
The Christchurch Coastal Path runs the full length of the Christchurch coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay.
Adjacent to Friar's Cliff lies Steamer Point, a 24 acre cliff top designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR). A mixture of deciduous woodland areas, ponds, grassland and sea cliffs, the Reserve is a great place to spot migratory summer birds and insects.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Lifeguard in summer
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.
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:
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