100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 57 – Canford Cliffs Beach

One of Poole’s four Blue Flag Beaches in Canford Cliffs Beach. Situated between Poole and Bournemouth, this beach has fewer facilities than some of its neighbours, which can make it a good option on a busy day, as it can be slightly less crowded. The beach is accessed via a zigzag path from Cliff Drive (note: there are a lot of steps) or via Canford Cliffs Chine (no steps). There is free roadside parking on the cliff top.

Canford Cliffs Chine
Canford Cliffs Chine

Canford Cliffs Chine

This tree lined chine runs from the cliff top down the beach. At the bottom are pretty wooden beach huts set in a garden and at the top are picnic benches and a Pirate Ship themed children’s play area.

Canford Cliffs Chine
Canford Cliffs Chine

Lifeguards

The Canford Cliffs Beach Lifeguard tower is manned from 10 am until 6 pm on weekends and Bank Holidays between 13 August and 4 September

Canford Cliffs Beach
Canford Cliffs Beach

Bars/Restaurants

Beach catering facilities are limited to a kiosk selling drinks and snacks. However, there are pubs and restaurants on the cliff top or in the pretty little village of Canford Cliffs a few minutes walk away.

Canford Cliffs Beach - Prom
Canford Cliffs Beach – Prom

Other Facilities

The beach has toilets and a Hydration Station for refilling your water bottles.

Canford Cliffs Hydration Station

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