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Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) Beach

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Barton-On-Sea (Christchurch) Beach - Hampshire

© David Martin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

Shingle

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Activities

  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nudist/naturist beach

Yes

Nearest town

Bournemouth

Postcode

BH25 7DZ

OS grid ref.

SZ 2400 9274

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended