Mudeford Sandspit

Trailing off the Eastern end of Hengistbury Head and forming the Eastern boundary of Christchurch Harbour is the ancient sandspit known today as Mudeford Sandspit. Today this sandspit hosts a collection of famously expensive beach-huts along with a fine beach and a diminished dune structure that once used to occupy most of this place.

Mudeford Sandspit Beach Huts
Mudeford Sandspit has a couple of hundred beach huts many for rent

The sandy beach, on the eastern side, faces the Solent and looks out across to the Isle of Wight. This beach offers good bathing and magnificent views as well. The harbour side is not really suitable for swimming but is extensively used for water sports. The eastern side of Mudeford Spit is broken up into sections by a series of (mainly) wooden groynes.

There is a cafe/resturant on the sandspit and two toilet blocks. Regular ferries run from Mudeford Quay. There is also a regular ferry service from Christchurch Quay and Tuckton Bridge. You can also get transport to the sandspit via a Land Train from near the two car parks at the western end of Hengistbury Head. Walking access is either via the the access lane, over the top of Hengistbury Head or round Solent Beach. All three walks are excellent, scenic and fairly easy. The longest is via the beach and the shortest (about 2/3rds of a mile) is along the access lane. The sandspit has a nice beach and complements the scenic walk nicely. There is no direct access for cars without special permission.

Mudeford Sandspit
Looking down the length of Mudeford Sandspit from the top of Hengistbury Head

Due to the difficulty of car access, this beach tends to be quieter than other nearby beaches. There are no dedicated car parks and access to Mudeford Sandspit by vehicle is strictly controlled. If you are coming by car the nearest places to park are at Hengistbury Head (about 1200 spaces in two car parks - which fill quickly in Summer) or Mudeford Quay (about 450 spaces and again, fills quickly) Mudeford Quay is the nearer of the two but you do need to then take the ferry. From Hengistbury Head you can walk or take the Noddy Train.