Fine weather greeted me for this spring re-visit to Durley Chine. Towards the main pier in Bournemouth, the cliff lift was starting to lower seasonal visitors to the beach once more. Visibility was excellent and there was a spring in the step of the beach side promenaders, cyclists and runners. I chatted to Simon, who surely has one of the most enjoyable walks to work, along this wonderful string of chine beaches near Bournemouth.
What the beach means to Simon.
Looking back to Durley Chine, from the water’s edge.
Durley Chine beach holds a coveted Blue Flag award and is one of the best beaches in Bournemouth. A chine is a narrow gorge, leading down to the beach from higher ground. Durley Chine is now a large car park, but just west along the beach is the beautiful Middle Chine, that also leads down onto Durley Chine beach. In summer, the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards, who have a prominent watch house on the beach. Durley Chine has a pub, a cafe and shops. There’s also a boat hire facility. However, its most appealing aspects are its acres of clean golden sand and pollution-free bathing water.
The beach as an important reference point and as part of Christine’s daily routine.
Afternoon sun breaking through, on a stormy day at Durley Chine beach.