101 Things to do in Bournemouth – Canford Cliffs Beach

Coming from Bournemouth, the first of Poole’s four Blue Flag Beaches is Canford Cliffs Beach. 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.

Getting There

From Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs Beach is 2.2 miles along the Prom. By road, it is a little further, following W Cliff Road/The Avenue. By bus, the No 50 Purbeck Breezer Bus runs between Bournemouth and Swanage, stopping at The Anchorage in Canford Cliffs Village. From here, it’s around a 10 minute walk to the beach. In summer, the No 70 Beach Breezer runs along the coast road between Hengistbury Head and Poole, also stopping at Canford Cliffs.


The beach is accessed via a zigzag path from Cliff Drive (note: there are a lot of steps) or via Canford Cliffs Chine. This tree lined chine runs from the cliff top down the beach (no steps). At the bottom are pretty wooden beach huts set in a garden.

Canford Cliffs Chine
Canford Cliffs Chine


There is free roadside parking on the cliff top.


Food & Drink

Beach catering facilities are limited to a kiosk selling drinks and snacks. However, there are pubs, restaurants and shops 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


The beach has a toilet block.

Other Facilities

  • drinking water
  • beach huts
Canford Cliffs Beach - Hydration Station
Canford Cliffs Beach – Hydration Station


The Canford Cliffs Beach Lifeguard tower appears to be unmanned for 2023.

Canford Cliffs Beach
Canford Cliffs Beach

Canford Cliffs for Children

At the top of Canford Cliffs Chine are picnic benches and a children’s play area with a pirate ship.


Dogs are not allowed on Canford Cliffs beach between May and September. 


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