Avon Beach, Highcliffe (Sandy and some pebbles)
Directions: Take the A35 towards Christchurch. At Sainsburys turn left at the main roundabout. Take a right turn at the next roundabout. Proceed about a mile and a half – on the sharp bend you will see the sign for Avon Beach – turn left into the car park. The currents have produced a sandbank out to sea forming a safe lagoon for bathers at low tide. Restaurant and gift shop.
Highcliffe Castle Beach (Sandy and some pebbles)
Directions: Take A35 towards Christchurch. At Sainsburys, turn left at the main roundabout. Straight over the next roundabout. About ¾ mile you will see the signpost to Highcliffe Castle – take a right turn – car parking is behind the castle. You will need to walk through the woods to the beach. There is a tea shop at the Castle.
Milford on Sea and Keyhaven (Pebbles)
Directions: Through New Milton follow the road to Lymington and turn where indicated. Very peaceful and lovely views of the Isle of Wight. Plenty of boating and water sports.
Southbourne, Boscombe and Bournemouth Beaches (Sandy)
Directions: Take A35 to Christchurch. Follow the signs through the town to Southbourne & Boscombe. There is parking along the cliff top. Lovely sandy beaches along the coast Bournemouth, you can walk to Bournemouth if you are feeling energetic.