Highcliffe, full name Highcliffe-on-Sea is situated to the east of the town of Christchurch, Dorset in southern England. It forms part of the South East Dorset conurbation along the English Channel coastWhat is now regarded as Highcliffe has developed over the last several hundred years from the hamlet of Slop Pond, the Chewton Estate, and Chewton Common. The latter two also contained large farmsteads. Slop Pond was a collection of thatched cottages, named from the large pond on its common.
Steamer Point Nature Reserve
Steamer Point is a 24 acre cliff top designated local nature reserve (LNR) that is situated between Highcliffe Castle and Friar’s Cliff on the Christchurch coastline. It is comprised of woodland and aquatic habitats and supports a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The Information Centre at Steamer Point provides extensive information regarding Christchurch’s countryside and also incorporates an interactive display for children to play and learn with. The centre is also the home of the Countryside Service and many of the countryside events in Christchurch are based at or originate here. The site was formerly declared as a LNR and awarded a Green Flag by the Civic Trust in 2005.
Car parks at either end of the site (pay and display) The 123 bus route passes close by and it is easy to access on foot from Highcliffe village centre. The site is well signed from the A337, Lymington Road.
Steamer Point Woodland Nature Reserve
End of Seaway Avenue