Highcliffe beach

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover July 6 to September 8 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

This is the most easterly of the manonabeach® Dorset beaches.  It adjoins Hampshire’s Naish beach, but it has a very different aspect, due to differing approaches to the threat of erosion.  Hampshire County Council are engaged in a policy of managed retreat in the face of the encroaching sea, whereas Dorset are resisting the push and pull of the tide, with apparently robust stone groynes that protrude into the sea.  Time will tell which approach is successful, regardless of environmental sensitivities.  The gorse was out in force for this fine weather visit.  The silver sea shimmered and visibility was excellent, from the Isle of Wight right round to the Isle of Purbeck in the west.

Spring visit photo gallery


What the beach means to James, enjoying the sunshine at Highcliffe beach.


A fine sight on a sunny day.

Season: autumn

Located at the eastern edge of Dorset, Highcliffe beach extends to become Hampshire’s Naish beach.  It’s a sandy beach which is safe for swimming.  Enjoyable cliff walks take you to Highcliffe Castle and Highcliffe Village beyond.  There are no facilities on the beach, but nearby Lymington Road has a variety of good shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Andy’s affinity for this beach.


A view back from one of the sea defences on Highcliffe beach.

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