Durley Chine is a Blue Flag award winning beach. It is approached via steps from the cliff top or a sloping car park.

Dorset Beaches: Durley Chine

Picture: Bournemouth Tourism

Where is it? To the west of Bournemouth’s central beach. Drivers should leave the A35 Wessex Way at the Cambridge Roundabout and follow the signs.

Best features: The approach to the beach via the wooded chine gives it a character all of its own. The beach itself is ideal for families. Now the beach replenishment is complete there is much more beach for the whole family to enjoy.

Local facilities and shops: For food and drink there is the Durley Inn Harvester. There are also kiosks selling beach goods, newspapers and ice creams. The beach offers the traditional huts and deckchairs. The huts are available to hire by the day, or pre-book for a week, call 0845 055 0968.

Great for the kids? The beach runs the LV= KidZone scheme with staff help to find lost children quickly.

How far are the loos? The prom has male, female and disabled loos, baby change facilities.

Parking: A pay-and-display car park is a stone’s throw away or try Overcliff Drive

Public transport: Nearby West Cliff Road is served by Yellow Buses’ numbers 17 and by the number 12 summer open-topped service.

How about pets? Dogs are banned from most of the beach between May and September but permitted on leads on the prom. An exercise area is clearly marked west of the main beach.

Wet weather options:

Live entertainment There’s the BIC on Exeter Road, the Pavilion Theatre on Westover Road, and the Pier Theatre, all offering a summer programme. 01202 456456.

Westbourne is an elegant district of Bournemouth located on the way to Poole and known affectionately as ‘The Village’. Offering a mix of design specialists, beauty stores and delicious delis and restaurants. Boscombe is another area of Bournemouth that should be explored for the quirky gift or bargain. Famous for its antique shops along Christchurch Road and the open air market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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