As I walked along to Poole from Bournemouth, I was told that the beaches get better and better, culminating in Sandbanks and the ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck. The scattering of dunes at its end certainly give Sandbanks a less urban feel, yet the back of the beach is also decorated with some of the most expensive property in the country, as well as lavish beach bars, restaurants and hotels. This is a highly desired residential location. Today, it was looking at its best, with silver seas under a clear blue sky, the sun bright and warm.
Ruth and Christina’s eulogy to the beach.
A view from the water’s edge.
For bathing water quality, Sandbanks beach is one of the best beaches on the South Coast of England, having earned a Blue Flag consistently for over twenty years. The beach is part of a small peninsula, containing some of the most expensive houses and land in the country, making Sandbanks as famous for its well known residents and their lavish lifestyles as it is for its beach. For those seeking the ultimate in beach life style, the most exclusive houses have direct access to the beach, as well as stunning sea views. For visitors, the area is well served by restaurants and cafes. There’s access to the Isle of Purbeck, via the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, which shuttles between Sandbanks and Studland Bay, crossing at the mouth of Poole harbour.
The beach as an important part of Sue’s routine.
The appropriately named Sandbanks beach in Poole.
It was a wild, blustery day for this seasonal re-visit, with sand blown over the beach. Sandbanks sits at the western end of a seven mile strand of beach, leading all the way to here from Hengistbury Head in the east, via Bournemouth and the chines. This is the prestigious beach for upmarket Poole, next to the harbour and benefiting from a chain ferry over to the Isle of Purbeck, with its own beautiful beaches. Bleached white sand sits in front of opulent hotels and private residences, but the beach is for all to share.
What the beach means to Gary and Jane.
Among the dunes, at Sandbanks in Poole.