Bournemouth Durley Chine


Bournemouth Alum Chine
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Durley Chine is a family friendly beach, located between Bournemouth Pier and Alum Chine. It provides a number of beach huts and toilet facilities, a restaurant and small kiosks providing snacks and beach accessories.


Popular activities are swimming, sailing, fishing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating and water skiing. No Smoking area and Kidzone. There are Tropical Gardens located near the beach and Westbourne shopping centre is a short walk away through the Chine.

Wildlife and Walks

The Bournemouth cliffs provide an ideal habitat for the nationally rare sand lizard and smooth snake, as well as many plant species.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Bournemouth Durley Chine

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Various pay and display car parks.

Dog restrictions


Dogs allowed between 1st October - 30th April. Dogs also allowed between Durley Inn and groyne 5 all year round.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 29th April - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.