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Friar's Cliff is a quieter than nearby Avon Beach, the beach is sandy and slightly stony.

Local info: In the middle of the beach huts is an award-winning cafe serving homemade produce.

Lifeguard cover in July to September.

The beach area at Steamer Point (parallel to the wave wall) is designated for water sports.

There is a tree lined cliff top walk from Friarís Cliff beach to Highcliff Castle (Steamer Point Nature Reserve).

Behind the beach huts at Friar’s Cliff is a concrete plinth on which once stood the first British military communication satellite station. On it was placed an aerial dish some 40 feet in diameter which received and transmitted signals from the first launched British military satellite.

Steamer Point (where the sea wall starts) is so named for being the site where in 1829 a paddle steamer was pulled up into a gap in the cliff and wedged between two trees. It was used as a habitation for many years.

Parking: Steamer Point car park: 169 spaces (4 for disabled), Postcode BH23 4TA

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