A bright morning coincided with a low tide for this spring re-visit to Bournemouth Central beach. As people used the promenade as a route to work, others were taking their morning exercise, like Pauline, whom I interviewed. A view from above the beach shows its place in a long string of fine beaches, stretching in effect from Hengistbury Head to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck. It’s a pleasure to have such a flat, sandy beach on one’s doorstep, in such a well-to-do town as Bournemouth.
The beach as part of Pauline’s routine.
A view from above Bournemouth Central beach.
Down on the sand, at the beach.
Based around the main pier, Bournemouth Central beach is a traditional favourite for young and old, attracting thousands of visitors. The wide, sandy beach is perfect for traditional beach activities, but you can also take a boat trip, stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants, or simply take a stroll down the pier. There are attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
Adile has an environmental perspective.
A late November scene, by Bournemouth Pier.
There’s a fine view of Bournemouth Pier, as you descend from the road on the eastern approach. The walkway railings are laced with metal artworks that prepare you for your beach trip, a mermaid, a detailed model of a beach hut and such like. On arrival at the beach itself, the sand is bleached white and there’s a close physical link to the town centre, by the entrance to the pier. You can duck under its supporting arches and walk all the way west to Sandbanks in Poole on unbroken beach, a real tonic for those that live in this upmarket, busy town.
Complementary beach eulogies, on a blustery day.
Looking down towards the pier and along the beaches, via the chines.