General information

Alongside the RNLI lifeguard is a safe swim-zone for smaller children, while a number of cafes and restaurants are located nearby. The car park is just a short walk from the coast, so access is quick and simple. Dogs are welcome in the off-season but not during the peak summer months. There’s plenty of local wildlife nearby, should you wish to get closer to nature.

Major attractions

Canford Cliffs Chine beach is a major tourist attraction in itself, thanks to its glorious, golden sands and a collection of historic beach huts. It’s also a great base to visit Compton Acres, a beautiful garden and deer sanctuary that also features a craft shop and brasserie. There are plenty of shops that celebrate the area's unique history and visitors can choose from a selection of charming mementos. Canford Cliffs Chine beach is also certified by the Marine Conservation Society and many visitors are drawn by the wealth of marine life that inhabits its waters.


The excellent water quality makes Canford Cliffs Chine a popular place for swimming and water-ports such as windsurfing and parasailing. The open sands of the beach also offers plenty of space for other games and activities. Enjoy a pleasant picnic on the golden shore whilst exploring the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The ice cream kiosk and cafe located directly on the beach provide all the refreshment you require and are always popular with children.

When to visit

The best time to visit Canford Cliffs Chine, Poole, is during the summer when the weather is warmer and days are longer. A fantastic destination for the whole family, Canford Cliffs Chine beach is also popular in spring and autumn when it is a little less busy.

How to reach

Getting to Canford Cliffs Chine from both Poole and Bournemouth is simple by car and the beach is well signposted on your journey. The nearest railway stations are Parkstone, Branksome, and Poole itself, and all lie less than three miles away from the coast. Walking or cycling from any of these places is also a possibility for those with a little more energy.

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