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Durley Chine

Durley Chine beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Copyright © Worthing Wanderer

Granted a Blue Flag Award in 2015, Durley Chine beach consists of fine golden sand and is arguably the best beach in Bournemouth.

Situated just to the northeast of Alum Chine and Middle Chine in the West Cliff area of Bournemouth, Durley Chine is popular with families and has zoned areas for swimmers and water craft to allow safe bathing.

The beach is patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards in season who operate the 'KidZone' scheme - Used on most Bournemouth beaches. Each child is issued with a coloured wrist tag. The colour of the tag relates to the beach area they are currently occupying. There is room on the tag for the phone number of the parents mobile to be written as well. If the child subsequently gets lost, it is much easier and far less stressful for both parents and children who can be quickly reunited by the lifeguards.

Excellent facilities include a café, shops, toilets and hire facilities for deckchairs, pedalos and boats. Watersports include sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.

Parking is available behind the beach.


 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer




OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

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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Local Accommodation


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, Christchurch, Poole and Wimborne.

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