Guide to Dorset's beaches

Durley Chine Beach

Durley Chine is west of Bournemouth's central beach and considered by many to be its finest. Golden sand, clean water and easy access to all facilities make this beach a popular choice for families. Reached via a sloping car park or a gentle walk through Middle Chine, a narrow, wooded gorge leading down to the sea from West Overcliff Drive.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on parts of the beach throughout the year.

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There are many excellent facilities available along Bournemouth's beaches. These include toilets with access for disabled visitors; first aid posts. lost children centres and information offices. Pubs; cafes; kiosks and restaurants serve drinks.


Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Various pay and display carparks. including the Undercliff Car Park on the beach with access at Boscombe Pier.


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended