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Pete Lawrence - 26 Nov 2016


A welcome stop at the excellent Beach House Café provided the treat of the day - the best piping hot home made spicy celery and squash soup and very tasty sausage rolls

I vaguely remember visiting Mudeford on a family holiday as a three or four year old but don't remember much beyond a muddy beach (though this recollection may have become distorted in time and perhaps tainted by the place name associations). Returning several decades later and approaching from the windy heights of Hengistbury Head costal path, I was struck by the attractive aspect looking inland over assorted coloured beach huts, and the sheltered bay and beaches once we had descended the path onto the sands. The cold late November air and wind had numbed my face and ears so a welcome stop at the excellent Beach House Café provided the treat of the day - the best piping hot home made spicy celery and squash soup and very tasty sausage rolls. Replenished and filled with winter cheer, we set off around the bay, offering stunning views over the small harbour and nearby Christchurch. An excellent way to spend a lazy Saturday.

Visitors information : "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. 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/restaurant 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 Noddy 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 is a nice beach and complements the scenic walk nicely. There is no direct access for cars without special permission.

Due to the difficulty of 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."



Kimm Fearnley

Such a great place and a fabulous walk! As attractive as they are, they are still little more than a garden shed . .a very pretty garden shed. . .with a very lovely view . . .one day maybe . . .X

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