Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) Beach
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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
Dogs friendly beach?
Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
- Disabled facilities
OS grid ref.
SZ 2400 9274