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Christchurch - Steamer Point Beach

Christchurch, Dorset

Steamer Point is a 24 acre cliff top designated local nature reserve (LNR) situated next to Friars Cliff. It is comprised of woodland and aquatic habitats and supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. There is a sandy beach located beneath the cliff top nature reserve. The beach has been designated as an area for water sports. No wheelchair access. Car parking is available at Seaway Ave. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round but must be kept under control at all times. Highcliffe Castle & Friars Cliff beach are a short walk away.

Beach Type

Sand & shingle


Jet skiing
Zoning for watersports

Nature and Wildlife

Christchurch Coastal Path - The path runs the full length of the Christchurch coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay.

Water Quality

Not Tested



Cleaning and Litter

Beach cleaned manually each day during the summer and at regular intervals during the winter.


There are no dog restrictions.

Tourist Information

Christchurch Information Centre, 49 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AS Telephone: 01202 471780, Fax: 01202 476816 e-mail: [email protected] Website:


Nearest town: Christchurch
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7339, -1.72082
Postcode: BH23 4JQ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Dorset at Explore Britain.


From Christchurch on the A35 take the A337 (Lymington Road) at Somerford Roundabout towards Highcliffe. At the next roundabout (Hobourne) take the 3rd exit onto The Runway. Turn left onto Bure Lane; turn right into Seaway Avenue.

Public Transport

Christchurch / Hinton Admiral Train Station: Wilts & Dorset Buses 121, 123 from Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton or Lymington.

Nearest Railway Stations

Hinton Admiral (About a mile and a half away)
Christchurch (Approx. 3 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 3 miles away)
Pokesdown (Approx. 4 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Pay parking for 200 cars including disabled.

Nearby Car Parks

Steamer Point, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Southcliffe Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Avon Run Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Avon Beach, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Pipers Drive, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Wortley Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Mudeford Quay, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Highcliffe Cliff Top, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Hinton Admiral Station - South, Hinton (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Christchurch