Poole Branksome Chine


Poole Branksome 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

This is a gorgeous narrow sandy beach. It is a popular beach but quieter than its southern neighbours - Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs. There is a beach-side restaurant and bar.


Swimming and windsurfing are popular here. Enjoy spectacular views.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast path runs past the beach. Head north for Bournemouth and south for Sandbanks and the ferry to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island where you can see colonies of terns and the gorgeous and rare red squirrels.

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.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Poole Branksome Chine

Food Food Toilets Toilets



There is car parking by the beach.

Dog restrictions


A seasonal ban may apply but dogs welcome the rest of the year. Restrictions further south at Sandbanks.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



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.