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Durley Chine Beach – A Blue Flag Winner

Durley Chine beach is a beautiful clean family beach just west of the centre of Bournemouth. It has a pub, a new cafe and a number of beach orientated shops that sell everything from ice-cream to sun hats and sun glasses.  There is also a boat hire facility is available on the beach.

Durley Chine Beach
Durley Chine Beach looking West

Patrolled by RNLI lifeguards, the beach is a safe environment for families. The RNLI have a prominent watch house on the beach and the lifeguards also administer the clever and sensible LV KidZone scheme.

 

The Kidzone scheme is used on all main Bournemouth beaches. A coloured wrist tag is issued by the lifeguards to every child on the beach. The colour of the tag relates to the beach area and so identifies the area the child has come from. The tag has room for parents to write their mobile phone number on which adds extra security for children on the beach. Life guards can quickly reunite lost children with their parents.

The entrance to Durley Chine Beach
The entrance to Durley Chine Beach. There is a pub on the left and a cafe on the right

Middle Chine is a short way to the west and also leads down onto Durley Chine Beach. It is the second main access point to this beach. Middle Chine is still a good example of a Chine and provides a scenic walk to those who would like to explore off-beach.

A Chine is essentially a narrow gorge leading down to a beach from higher ground. Bournemouth has four chines.

Parking at Durley Chine Beach

This beach has a large dedicated car park that occupies the slope going down to the beach.  Free road parking is available above the beach but this free parking fills very quickly even in the winter. There is more detailed information on nearby parking for this beach On This Link

The Bournemouth council webpage on this beach is On This Link