Durley Chine Beach

Durley Chine has a pub, a cafe and a number of beach orientated shops selling everything from ice-cream and chips through to sun hats and sun glasses. There is also a boat hire facility.

In Summer Durley Chine Beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards who have a prominent watch house on the beach. The lifeguards also administer the clever and sensible LV KidZone scheme.

Durley Chine Beach Promenade
Durley Chine Beach Promenade

The Kidzone scheme is used on all main Bournemouth beaches. Each child is issued with a coloured wrist tag. The colour of the tag relates to the beach area they are currently occupying. There is room on the tag for the phone number of the parents mobile to be written as well. If the child subsequently gets lost, it is much easier and far less stressful for both parents and children who can be quickly re-united by the lifeguards.

Durley Chine Beach Entrance
A pub and a cafe are either side of the entrance to Durley Chine Beach from the car park

A Chine is essentially a narrow gorge leading down to the beach from higher ground. Unfortunately Durley Chine itself is now essentially a large car park and has no scenic value.However just 75 meters further west along the beach is the beautiful Middle Chine that also leads down onto Durley Chine Beach. Middle Chine is a pretty gentle walk of about 500 meters from West Overcliff Drive. The top entrance to Middle Chine is near the junction of West Overcliff Drive, West Cliff Road and Clarendon Road.