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Alum Chine

Alum Chine beach, Dorset

Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Alum Chine beach is located in the West Cliff area of Bournemouth between Branksome Dene Chine and Durley Chine.

Southeast-facing, the beach is a gently sloping sand and shingle 'Blue Flag' beach, considered safe for bathing.

There is a small car park here with spaces for about 100 cars, which fills up quickly. Roadside parking is available along the West Overcliff Drive, whilst there are also various pay and display car parks.

The beach is backed by a children's playground and a sub-tropical garden, making the most of the micro-climate within the valley. A land train runs between Alum Chine and Bournemouth Pier along the promenade, and there are beach huts available to hire as well as a nearby café.

There is Lifeguard cover at Alum Chine between May 1st and September 30th. The beach is great for swimming (watercraft free zones at certain beaches), sailing, fishing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating, pedalo hire and water skiing. Areas of the beach have been zoned as No Smoking and Kidzone.

A two mile (3 km.) undercliff walk leads from Fisherman's Walk east to Hengistbury Head. The Bournemouth cliffs provide an ideal habitat for the nationally rare sand lizard and smooth snake, as well as many plant species.



 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer


 Seasonal dog ban


OS Explorer Map OL22: New Forest

OS Explorer Map OL22: New Forest

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Poole and Ferndown.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Swanage, Poole, Christchurch and Wareham.

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