Guide to Dorset's beaches

Christchurch - Mudeford Sandbank Beach

A sandy spit beach adjacent to Hengistbury Head, with excellent views of Christchurch harbour. Only accessible on foot, bike or land train from Hengistbury Head, or by ferry (summer only) from Mudeford Quay or Christchurch Quay. Facilities include beach huts with residential status, a cafe, shop and toilets.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed but they must be kept under control. No dog bins are available.

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Toilets are available including disabled. There is also a beach cafe and shop.


No local parking but there is pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Quay with disabled spaces. There is a Cycle Park on the Sandbank near the Noddy Train terminal.


Marine Conservation Society Recommended