#5ForFreshers: Bournemouth’s Best Beaches

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Welcome to the beach life. You will soon find it very hard to imagine what people do at university when they don’t have a beach. While you’re likely to become familiar with Bournemouth pier, there’s over 7 miles of white sands to explore so do not miss out.

Recently voted the UK’s best beach and claimed as the Miami of the UK, Bournemouth’s beaches are a real treat. Make the most of the beach before since it’s only a 10 minute walk and fill your Instagram with one of the best beaches in the world. Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs are a great place for mansion-spotting, while many other beaches offer water sports and some great food. Freshers, you’re in for a treat.

Oh, and apparently you can order Deliveroo to the beach now.

Boscombe Beach

Boscombe beach is the next beach along if you walk to the left of the pier. It takes about half an hour to walk there so it’s the perfect hangover cure! Once your there you can grab drinks, lunch or snacks at Urban Reef, play instruments on the pier or launch golf balls made of fish food into the sea! There’s also the opportunity to try out lots of water sports at this quieter pier, so on a morning when you need some sea air, this is an easy walk to do with your new friends.

Yup, think of the ‘grams

The walk to Boscombe isn’t any old beach walk


This beach is a little further on from Boscombe, and may be best to cycle or get the bus one way! The beach is very flat, so cycling along the cycle path is really easy and safe! Southbourne is a beautiful beach which is very popular with locals, particularly since it’s away from the commotion at the pier. Also a great place to grab a drink or an ice cream at a pub or kiosk!

Soutbourne does not only boast a great beach. Fisherman’s walk is a nature trail running along the top of the cliff that connects the beach to the high street. You can reach Southbourne using the M1 or 1 bus.

Canford Cliffs

For the days when you can’t even see the sand by the pier, head to Canford Cliffs. You can catch the Purbeck Breezer 50 from the bus station (opposite the train station, where coaches leave from) and ride on the open top bus with the wind in your hair. Just imagine. Once you arrive there are toilets and a kiosk, so you can bag yourself an ice lolly as well as beautiful sand and the sea! What more could you want? Take a picnic and some tinnies and enjoy the last of summer!

Even on rainy or foggy days…

Shell Bay

Continue on the Purbeck Breezer 50 until the bus crosses the water on the ferry. It takes 2 minutes and the novelty never wears off! Just across the water is Shell Bay, a beautiful sandy beach with dunes and behind that, a heath. When you’re here you truly feel as though you’ve gotten out of Bournemouth, just incase you need a break.

There is a great restaurant here if you want to grab lunch while overlooking the water that is super cheap (especially out of season!) Shell Bay Seafood offers plates of whitebait that will defeat you, and portions of chips the size of your head!

Walking around Shell Bay, overlooking Sandbanks

Sandbanks from Shell Bay

Studland Bay and Old Harry’s Rocks

Further still on the Purbeck Breezer (yes, again!) is Studland Bay. Here there is a nature reserve, endless water sports and one of the most popular nudist beaches in Britain, if you’re that way inclined! On clear days you can see as far as the Isle of Wight, although it’s more likely you’ll get a view of Old Harry’s Rocks. The rocks are a 40 minute walk from the beach which will take you through the reserve and past The Pig on the Beach, a hotel which do amazing pizzas for lunch with their homegrown produce.

Old Harry’s Rocks, Studland

Hopefully this has convinced you to explore the sands beyond the pier. Trust us, grab a disposable BBQ and some burgers and head down for the sunset with some tins. Just please remember to take your rubbish with you – there are more than enough bins!