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Friar's Cliff

Friar's Cliff beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Copyright © Chris Downer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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

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.

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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.

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