Angus McChesney: A tidal assisted swim along the Hants/Dorset border Hordle Cliff to Beckton Bunny is one and a half miles. The maximum tidal stream is about one knot so it's not a raging torrent but can be annoying to swim against if you are in a hurry to get back to where you started. However, you can always just get out and walk back if you get really fed up.
The best way to approach this swim is to start at the Hordle Cliff beach huts and swim west on the last ebb of the tide towards a metal post (on a clear day it can be seen easily in the distance) which is about a hundred yards offshore at the end of the first of a series of groynes at Barton-on-Sea. By the time you reach the post at Beckton Bunny the tide should have turned and you then get a ride back to where you started. You can also swim the other way on the flood tide east towards Milford-on-Sea but it is not as wild and secluded. The cliffs from Hordle to Barton are unstable and most of the beach access points are closed which makes this swim something of an unexpected wilderness experience as there are seldom. I always swim fairly close to the beach, especially if I'm on my own or if it is one of those days where there are lots of boats out. There are showers on the beach at Hordle Cliff, a kiosk at the top of the cliff in the pay-and-display car park and it has EU 'blue flag' status.
Some tidal currents so you need to know what the tide is doing before you go into the water; sea can be rough in a SW wind
Bernie Mann: Skinny dipping is to the west past the huts.