Very quiet local beach with views of the ‘Polar Bear’ (the white chalk cliffs of the Isle of Wight looks just like the shape of a bear).
A promenade stretches from the foot of the sea-side garden West to Sandbanks, for easy walking (and buggies). To the East, beach and sand dunes flank Hengistbury Head out to Mudeford Spit.
Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Quay
Lovely walks along the beach, through the woods or around the harbour.
The headland is designated an area of special scientific interest: a protected habitat that harbours an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife, including Swallows and Skylarks, Nattterjack Toads and grazing cattle. Walk towards the picture perfect beach huts at Mudeford Spit, call at the visitors’ centre and hikers’ cafe and a ride back on the ‘Noddy’ land train.
Take a ferry from the Beach House Café to trying crabbing at Mudeford Quay and visit the Lifeboat Station.
Walk around the 11th Century castle ruins, visit Christchurch Priory and feed the swans and ducks in Christchurch Harbour. Grab lunch in the old town centre (or visit the food market / festival when in season) and then take a walk along the banks of the River Avon.
Hire a self-drive leisure boat on the quayside and then visit the free water Splash Park and playground.