Fishermans Walk Beach is a sandy beach with some pebbles. Facilities include cafe, toilets, deck chair hire, beach huts, cliff lift, car parks and road parking, lifeguards in summer and kids zones.
Church Ope Cove beach is a pebble beach with a small stream on the eastern side of Portland and as the tide goes out you have a number of rock pools and some sand. The beach is sheltered as it has cliffs on three sides. Popular diving location to access the read more
Worbarrow Bay beach is mainly pebbles with a little sand. The beach has a steep shelf and so swimmers will be in deep water very fast. Popular anchorage for boats due to the steep shelf, meaning boats can come right into the bay and anchor a few metres from the read more
Avon Beach is situated at Mudeford to the east side of the Christchurch Harbour entrance, near Bournemouth and is a 1/4 mile of sandy beach with views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles Lighthouse. Avon beach is a great family beach providing a great place for beach games, read more
Charmouth beach is a sand (at low tide) and shingle beach that stretches for two miles with rock pools. Charmouth beach is an excellent place to search for fossils. To the west of Charmouth is the site of the largest coastal mudslide in Europe, called Black Ven, it was created read more
Friars Cliff beach is a mixture of sand and shingle with great views across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight. Good family beach with safe swimming, backed by a promenade that has wheelchair access. Facilities include car parks, toilets, cafe, lifeguards in the summer and beach hut hire.
Highcliffe Castle beach is a sand and shingle beach backed by woods and Highcliffe Castle. Limited facilities: parking, toilets and cafe in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle. Note that the parking in the woods at Highcliffe Castle can fill up early in good weather. You can park on Highcliffe cliff-top read more
Mudeford Quay is at the entrance to Christchurch harbour is not a beach but provides a great family day out location. You can fish off the quay, walk to the beaches nearby, take the ferry to Mudeford Sandbanks and Hengistbury Head or participate in watersports. From this point you can read more
Lyme Bay is situated on the south coast of England, towards the western end of the English Channel. The Lyme Bay coast makes for excellent family holidays with excellent beaches, watersports and great fossil hunting. The area around Lyme Bay is part of a World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, read more
Bowleaze Cove is a pebbly beach backed by cliffs with sand and rock pools exposed when the tide goes out. Slipway used by Jetskiers and the water is ‘zoned’ to keep watersports enthusiasts and swimmers apart. Facilities include slipway, parking, shop, and cafe.
Southbourne beach is a sandy beach with some shingle. The beach is popular with families. Like most Bournemouth beaches the seafront is backed by a steep cliff.
Bournemouth beach by the pier is an all round good family sandy beach. It has all levels of entertainment and facilities. Some good surfing by the Pier but often very crowded.