Unspoiled and with views to the Isle of Wight Needles
Highcliffe beach is a mixture of pebble & sand and offers safe swimming. It's also ideal for watersports, such as windsurfing; body boarding; and kayaking. With Highcliffe being atop a "high cliff", access to the beach is via a steep staircase, so some may find access difficult.
Nearest car parks are at Highcliffe Castle and the Cliff Top Car Park.
Chewton Bunny is now a nature reserve, rich in woodland wildlife including a number of ancient natural woodland species, but back in the day, it was used as a natural landing place for smugglers to transport their contraband to places such as Burley in the New Forest. It has a miniature gorge with a stream (the Walkford Brook) that runs from the forest to the sea at Highcliffe.
There are several benches and seats overlooking the coast, so why not take a picnic!
Between Highcliffe Castle and Friar's Cliff you'll find a beautiful wooded nature reserve - Steamer Point. It covers around 24 acres and predominantly comprises deciduous woodland, with some areas of grassland, ponds and wetland.