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Bournemouth Beach & Countryside

This is a personal guide to Bournemouth Beach. There is also  information on Bournemouth town,  some parking information (both free and paid) and information the many gardens, nature reserves and parks that surround Bournemouth.


One of four Cliff Lifts on Bournemouth Beach
One of four Art Deco cliff lifts

Often all Bournemouth Beaches from Mudeford Sandspit through Solent Beach, and up to Alum Chine are usually considered collectively as “the” Bournemouth beach.
The characteristics and accessibility of individual beaches that make up this seven mile stretch of fine sand varies considerably.

Bournemouth Beach Blue Flag Holders

Blue Flag awards are held by four beaches. Blue Flags are prestigious international awards for cleanliness and environmental responsibility. They are very difficult to get!  Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fishermans Walk and Southbourne beaches are the four proud holders.

The four Blue Flag beaches straddle the central core Bournemouth beaches of Eastcliff Beach and Westcliff Beach. As a result you can be pretty sure of the cleanliness of the water and the quality of the facilities of all major Bournemouth beaches.

Quality Coast Award

Bournemouth Beach also holds a Quality Coast Award. This award relates to the area around Bournemouth Pier. Bournemouth Pier is the dividing point between Eastcliff Beach and Westcliff Beach. In summer, most beaches are cleaned every day. They are actively and extensively monitored for any problems.

R.N.L.I Safety Patrols

Middle Chine Bournemouth Beach
Middle Chine leads down onto the Beautiful Durley Chine Beach

All the main tourist beaches are patrolled by R.N.L.I. Lifeguards. They are responsible for almost all aspects of beach safety. I would just like to highlight “KidZone” which is an innovative method to prevent lost children on the beach which is also run by the Lifeguards. It works very well and has been copied by a number of other resorts.

Thousands of tons of sand have been dredged up from Poole bay and added to Bournemouth beach. Today the beach is almost double the width of 20 years ago. Some wooden groynes are being replaced this year as part of a major coastal protection upgrade. This upgrade though should have finished long before the start of the holiday season.

If come to Bournemouth I am sure you will like what you find. I have lived here most of my life and think this is the best town in the country. But then I am probably a little biased and I am sure your town is pretty awesome too!

If you are looking for more information on Bournemouth the council website is a great resource On This Link