Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) Beach

Barton-on-Sea offers a short, shingle and rock beach, backed by high, clay cliffs.  These cliffs are unstable in places, and access points to the beach were temporarily closed-off in May 2017 after a landslide.  In addition the beach suffers from coastal erosion and is said to have been the first beach in England to use rock groynes as a coastal defence.

The area has some stunning cliff-top walks, with views out towards Hengistbury Head to the west and The Solent and Isle of Wight to the east.  A cliff-top café and a restaurant provide excellent views of the entire bay.

The area is also popular with golfers and paragliders.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



BH25 7DZ

OS grid ref.

SZ 2400 9274


Pay and display cliff top car park for 200 cars. including spaces for disabled people.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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