Mudeford is a village on the Eastern side of Dorset, on the edge of Christchurch Harbour. A notable feature is Mudeford Spit, which, despite its name, comes under the authority of Bournemouth as it links to another landmark, Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Spit and Mudeford Quay together make up the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, leaving its water to rise and fall through a narrow gap called The Run. Mudeford Spit can be reached from Mudeford via ferry, or you have to travel via land through Christchurch to access it from the Bournemouth side.
Mudeford itself is on the far Western side of Avon Beach, a long sandy beach popular with tourists. Mudeford Quay is popular with water sports enthusiasts and local fishermen, and also houses the area’s RNLI Lifeboat station. Mudeford was one of the earliest places to operate a dedicated rescue boat, in service by early 1804.
Beach huts at the rear of Avon Beach, Mudeford by Jeremy Bolwell, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Beach huts and beach, Hengistbury Head by David Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons