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Mudeford Sandspit Bournemouth

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. Sand dunes used to dominate this place but now only a few remain.

Mudeford Sandspit Beachhuts
Mudeford Sandspit Beachhuts

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, however the beach does not have lifeguard cover so parents need to be extra careful with their children.  Water sports  and ferry access dominate the harbour side of the spit and so is not really suitable for swimming.

 

There is a cafe/restaurant on the sandspit and two toilet blocks. Regular ferries run from Mudeford Quay and provide a quick, regular and scenic route to the spit. 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.  Pedestrian 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. There is no direct access for cars without special permission.

The armoured tip of Mudeford Sandspit
The armoured tip of Mudeford Sandspit

Parking for Mudeford Sandspit

This beach tends to be quieter than other Bournemouth beaches mainly due to the kack of direct car access. 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. Detailed information on parking is available On This Link

Details on the pricing and availability of the Land train that runs from Hengistbury Head to Mudeford sandspit is available On This Link