The Highcliffe to Mudeford Quay Walk is an easy 2.9 mile one-way walk or 5.8 mile circular walk starting from the Cliff Top car park in Highcliffe. This walk can be done at any time of the year and easily combined with a ferry ride from Mudeford Quay across to Mudeford Sandbank and Hengistbury Head.
Distance: 2.9 miles (one-way) 5.8 miles (Circular) Difficulty: Easy Estimated time: 1 hour 25 minutes Date of walk: October 2022
Route: Highcliffe Cliff Top car park – Highcliffe Beach – Highcliffe Castle – Steamer Point Nature Reserve – Friars Cliff Beach – Avon Beach – Mudeford Quay
The start point for this walk is the Cliff Top Car Park at Highcliffe. (Postcode BH23 5DF, Google map). Beside the car park you’ll find refreshments at the Cliffhanger Restaurant (http://www.cliffhanger-restaurant.com, Google map). There is also a small food kiosk selling coffee and hot food and snacks)
The grounds of Highcliffe Castle are FREE to enter. You can wander around outside and enjoy the gardens or have a coffee in the Castle Tearooms. There is a fee to enter the castle. There are also toilets next to the car park (see map above)
There are public toilets up the steps to the left of the Beach Hut Cafe
We walked up the ramp just behind the beach huts at Friars Cliff to take a scenic photo of the pine trees, beach huts and beach. You can follow this footpath that runs parallel to Avon Run Road and then drops down by Avon Beach or follow the route along the beach.