The magic of Mudeford rubs off on people of all ages. We know that because it keeps bringing guests back to the Bolt Hole and to the Sandhills Holiday Park.
Children never tire of Mudeford’s succession of clean beaches, and they adore fishing for crabs along the harbour wall. For adults, the attraction may be messing around in a boat in Christchurch harbour, leisurely walks all the way along the seafront to Highcliffe Castle or an excellent meal at the Noisy Lobster.
Five minutes on a little ferry takes you from Mudeford Quay across the mouth of the harbour to the beautiful sand dunes of the Mudeford Sand Spit with its legendary beach huts that sell for upsides of £250,000. After coffee at the Beach House (also a fine restaurant), you can amble (or take the cute land train) along the estuary to the rather excellent Hengistbury Head visitor centre. Or if you feel more energetic, climb up onto the cliff path and take the scenic high road through the superb nature reserve.
Back on the quay at the end of your day, you might enjoy a pint at the Haven House Inn while reflecting on a rich history that includes tales of smugglers. They apparently favoured the harbour because its narrow and fast-flowing entrance made it negotiable only to sailors who were familiar with the area.
There are still plenty of adventures awaiting today’s visitors. But be careful - once it's bitten you, Mudeford is a bit of Dorset that never quite lets go!
A few ideas to get you started on places to go and things to do