Bournemouth East Cliff


Bournemouth East Cliff
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Located between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. Easily accessible with local parking parallel to the beach. There is a café, a cliff lift and toilet facilities. It is also served by the land train, providing easy access along the seafront.


Popular activities here include: swimming, sailing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, windsurfing and beach volleyball. Beach huts are also available for hire on this beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The cliffs along Bournemouth seafront have been designated SSSI’s and provide a habitat for rare species such as the sand lizard. Brownsea Island is just to the south with its tern colonies and the rare red squirrel its worth visiting.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Facilities at Bournemouth East Cliff

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Parking on seafront (accessed via car park entrance at Boscombe Pier). Pay parking also available on overcliff road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs allowed between 1st October - 30th April. Other sites on seafront available during summer months.

Beach cleaning

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



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

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