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Alum Chine one of Bournemouths best beaches

For those who want the combination of Bournemouth’s sandy beaches and sea views but without the mass of tourists that congregate around the towns main beach – Alum Chinen is one of Bournemouth’s hidden gems.

Alum Chine, bournemouth, beach hutSituated about a mile and half from the pier up the coast towards Poole, Alum Chine still features the great sandy beaches and seas that Bournemouth is renowned for. Because it’s a little quieter than Bournemouth’s main beaches, Alum Chine is great for kids – there’s plenty of space for sandcastles or beach games and with the gentle slope of the surf only 50 yards away for those that fancy a dip, it’s ideal. For those looking for a summer retreat, there are various beach huts available also that can be hired during the summer months – which stretch along this part of the coast.

Alum Chine has a great beach front cafe that serves from breakfast until evening – although it can get pricey it offers a cool retreat on blisteringly hot days – to the side of the cafe is a take out offering hot drinks and snacks throughout the year with an opportunity to sit on the terrace and take in the views. The chine is also served by a small shop offering the usual buckets and spades and beach essentials.

For those that enjoy walking, Alum Chine offers great promenade walks in both directions – head east towards Bournemouth Pier or west towards Poole and Sandbanks – enjoy a romantic early evening stroll bear foot along the edge of the surf towards Poole or head into Westbourne, with its shops and restaurants easily accessible for those that want a change from the beach.

While there is parking available – the car park is fairly small and can get pretty busy on hot days and many find parking along some of the surrounding side streets.

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