GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Highcliffe Castle and Coast

2 miles (3 km)

Explore the grounds of this 19th century Gothic Revival house and enjoy a walk along the splendid Highcliffe coast and cliffs. The castle is surrounded by attractive wide lawns and beautiful formal gardens. There are also nice woodland trails along the cliff top and a zig-zag path down to the beach. There's great views from the high points along the south coast towards Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight.
The walk also visits the Steamer Point Nature Reserve just to the west of the castle. The reserve has some nice woodland trails and a variety of flora and fauna to look out for.
Just to the east of the castle you'll find Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve. The wooded Chine has a trail leading to a pretty waterfall.
To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the Bournemouth Coast Path. If you head west you'll come to Christchurch and the delightful Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve. Also nearby is Hengistbury Head and Mudeford with its lovely beaches and fabulous coastal views.
Heading east along the coast path takes you to Barton-on-Sea and Milford on Sea where you can explore the wonderful Keyhaven Marshes.

Postcode

BH23 4LE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Highcliffe Castle and Coast OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Highcliffe Castle and Coast Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a nice on site tea room where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. You can sit outside with lovely views of the grounds if the weather is good.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails in the grounds and the nearby beach are ideal for a bracing dog walk. You're bound to bump into other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a short distance west and you can pick up the popular Christchurch Harbour Walk. Here you can visit the lovely beach at Mudeford and the wonderful Christchurch Priory.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.

Photos

Highcliffe Castle - geograph.org.uk - 260925

View of the castle and grounds. The castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture."

Highcliffe Castle beach - geograph.org.uk - 260957

Highcliffe Castle beach.
You can descend the steps or zig zag path from the castle woodland to this beach.
There's some lovely views across the ocean to the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

Highcliffe, Zig Zag Path - geograph.org.uk - 1210063

View of the Zig Zag Path down to the beach.

Friar's Cliff, cliffs - geograph.org.uk - 1210129

Friar's Cliff. Most of the cliffs between Friar's Cliff & Highcliffe have been invaded by scrub, or planted with trees to combat erosion. 250m remain, of Eocene Boscombe Sands & Barton Clay. Miner bees are much in evidence, flying in & out of holes in the sands in the cliffs. The cliffs are located just west of the castle.

Reflections at Steamer Point nature reserve - geograph.org.uk - 506531

Reflections at Steamer Point nature reserve. The wooded nature reserve is located a short walk from the castle.

Highcliffe Castle, southern end - geograph.org.uk - 506521

Highcliffe Castle gardens at the southern end

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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