Highcliffe Beach

Highcliffe beach is sand and shingle beach with groynes below grassy cliffs. The beach has areas marked for swimmers and watersports, providing safe conditions.

Highcliffe beach also provides good access to the fossil hunting clay cliffs at Barton on Sea.

The beach has a large car park and most facilities are by the car park or a short walk to Highcliffe.

Highcliffe Beach is a Blue Flag Beach & has a seaside award
Highcliffe Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Highcliffe Beach has dog restrictions.
Highcliffe beach has Dog restriction in place and vary depending between what groynes you are in.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Highcliffe Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 8.6℃ to 9.6℃ with wind speed 8.9 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.4℃ to 8.7℃ with wind speed 10.6 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Feb 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.7℃ to 7.4℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.7℃ to 8℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Feb 06partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3℃ to 3.6℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Feb 07partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.8℃ to 5.4℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (E)
Wednesday, Feb 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.4℃ to 2.6℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (NE)

Christchurch weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Highcliffe Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Highcliffe Beach is at Christchurch (Entrance) 4.49 km (2.79 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 02 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:59 (Height 0.79m)
   High Tide at 07:05 (Height 1.51m)
   Low Tide at 14:26 (Height 0.52m)
   High Tide at 19:30 (Height 1.35m)
Fri 03 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:43 (Height 0.76m)
   High Tide at 07:39 (Height 1.57m)
   Low Tide at 15:08 (Height 0.45m)
   High Tide at 20:09 (Height 1.40m)
Sat 04 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:23 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 08:14 (Height 1.65m)
   Low Tide at 15:45 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 20:47 (Height 1.47m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:59 (Height 0.70m)
   High Tide at 08:50 (Height 1.73m)
   Low Tide at 16:16 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 21:23 (Height 1.55m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:32 (Height 0.67m)
   High Tide at 09:26 (Height 1.79m)
   Low Tide at 16:43 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 21:58 (Height 1.62m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:04 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 10:04 (Height 1.81m)
   Low Tide at 17:10 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 22:34 (Height 1.67m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:38 (Height 0.62m)
   High Tide at 10:45 (Height 1.80m)
   Low Tide at 17:42 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 23:13 (Height 1.69m)

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