Avon Beach is Christchurch’s main beach and is sandy with some stony areas. It lies between Mudeford Quay and Friars Cliff, around 3.2 km (2 mi) to the east of Christchurch. It is a great beach for families as it is a designated bathing beach for swimming and paddling.
There is also a zoned area marked out for water sports, which include canoeing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Views from the beach stretch across to The Needles and the Isle of Wight. There is wheelchair access and facilities for disabled visitors. The Christchurch Coastal Path runs along the length of the coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay.