Christchurch Harbour


Christchurch Harbour is a natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England, and is named after the nearby town of Christchurch. The rivers Avon and Stour flow into the Harbour at its north-west corner. The harbour is generally shallow and, due to the tidal harmonics in the English Channel, has a double high tide.

On the north side of the harbour and east of the River Avon, are Priory Marsh and Stanpit Marsh, a local nature reserve. To the west side of the harbour are Wick Fields, the southern flank of the harbour being bounded by Hengistbury HeadThe harbour flows through Christchurch Bay and into the English Channel through a narrow channel between Mudeford Quay and Mudeford Spit, known locally as 'The Run'.


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