Mudeford Sandbank Beach

Situated at the mouth of Christchurch harbour this sandy spit of beach forms a barrier between the sea and this large natural harbour. There are great views both of the harbour itself and to the Isle of Wight and Needles across the Solent.

The beach extends off the ancient headland of Hengistbury Head with the whole area designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. As such there is no direct road access and the nearest parking is around 15 minutes walk away. The good news for those who don’t fancy the walk is there is a year round land train running from Hengistbury Head car park to Mudeford Sandbank. Alternatively you can take a ferry from Christchurch or Mudeford Quay across the harbour entrance.

Mudeford came to national prominence recently as the home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the country, fetching over £100,000. There are around 300 huts here many of which have residential status, unlike elsewhere.

Facilities include The Beach House Café and shop and public toilets. The harbour side of the sandbank is designated for water-sports with the seaward side recommended for bathing, although great care should be taken near the harbour mouth.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed but they must be kept under control. No dog bins are available.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SZ 1825 9102


No local parking but there is pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Quay with disabled spaces. There is a Cycle Park on the Sandbank near the Noddy Train terminal.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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