Poole Canford Cliffs Chine


Poole Canford Cliffs 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

A steep walk to the beach but worth it for it’s tranquil and quieter atmosphere, being a little away from the more popular Sandbanks Peninsular. Canford is nestled under cliffs and near to the local village.


Swimming is popular, relaxing and taking in the extraordinary views. The Cliff restaurant is nearby.

Wildlife and Walks

The three mile Evening Hill Discovery Trail runs adjacent to the beach. There is a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where tern colonies and the endearing and rare red squirrel.

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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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 Canford Cliffs Chine

Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Free road-side parking but limited and a 10-15 minute walk to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Restrictions apply on neighbouring beach - Sandbanks Peninsular.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 10th June - 2nd July 2017

May Half Term: 27th May - 4th June 2017

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