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Mudeford Sandbanks

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Harbour side of Mudeford Sandbanks


In the background lies Mudeford only two miles from Christchurch, Mudeford is a charming fishing village lying at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts and fishermen. The picturesque quay with its lobster pots, old fishermen's' cottages and the 'Haven House Inn' which has been traditionally linked with smuggling over the centuries. An interesting introduction to the nearby area of Hengistbury Head


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Above you can see the beautiful Mudeford Sandbanks which is a favorite for families and for those with Cabin Cruisers and Sail Boats, who moor just off this beach whilst going to the local Beach Cafe below. Where fresh Crab and Lobster dishes are a specialty.


A Cruiser passes the modern day 'Ferry Boat' as it heads out to sea via the 'Mudeford Run' which is in the photo below and gateway to the open sea.
Mudeford Quay & Harbour Entrance


Mudeford Quay


Christchurch Harbour


Not many people would think that there are lovely woodland walks on the way to Mudeford Sandbanks would they? There is also a woodland Nature Reserve nearby, for lovely countryside walks, just right for some shade on a day when the sun might be a little too hot. Interactive road and satellite map link.
The ferry train that runs to and from Mudeford Sandbanks Beach, to the car park terminal at Hengestbury Head Bournemouth.

Hengistbury Head country parkland between the sea and Christchurch is one of the most important iron-age archaeological sites on the south coast and has impressive views across to the Isle of Weight. It is geologically important for the unusual nodules of sideritic ironstone in Middle Eocene strata. For more extensive data on this area click here

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A few pictures old and new below of Mudeford Sandbanks.


Small boats on the harbour side
Beach Cafe Mudeford Sand Banks
View from Mudeford Sand Banks towards Mudeford Quay.



Picture of Ye Old Ferry Boat, still used to carry day trippers.
Boats awaiting 'Tidal Rise'.
Large Ferry Boat taking day trippers from Mudeford Quay to Mudeford Sandbanks.


Above is the famous 'Black House' renowned for its association with smugglers

Small boats in front of beach huts ready for use.

A new Harbor Wall has been created by the local Council to protect the beach from erosion from tidal wash.

Above you can see the extreme low tide


Compare pictures on the left taken April 04. with the pictures on the right taken August 03

You can see how the coastal defenses have been very much improved.



Coastal Views


View from Highcliffe towards The Isle of Weight


Highcliffe beach looking towards The Isle of Weight








Next beach going west from Highcliffe lies Steamer Point Beach


Next beach going west from Steamer Point lies Friars Cliff Beach


Friars Cliff Beach looking towards The Isle of Weight


Friars Cliff Beach


Friars Cliff Beach
Next beach going west is Mudeford Beach


Next going west is Sandhills Holiday Village info


Next going west is Mudeford Quay


Mudeford Quay


Mudeford Quay


Fishermans Cottages Mudeford Quay


Mudeford Quay




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