West Cliff Mansions is in the ideal location to discover the great outdoors. With a glorious stretch of coastline to explore and the nearby New Forest offering some truly majestic woodland trails, this is a haven for nature lovers. For those times you are looking to get outside and grab a breath of fresh air, here are six local walking routes that are sure to delight.
Durley Chine Beach Just a stone’s throw away, Durley Chine is a popular stretch of beach with its stunning sandy shoreline and family-friendly facilities. Wander down Middle Chine, indulge in an ice cream from the beach-side kiosk, go for a jog with your four legged friend or relax and take in enchanting views of the Isle of Wight in one direction and Old Harry’s Rocks in the other. Pure bliss.
West Cliff to Sandbanks The clifftop is just a five-minute stroll from our residences where you can walk all the way to Sandbanks, one of the most exclusive stretches of sand in the UK. The 3.5 mile walk along the promenade is a fantastic way to discover one of Britain’s blue flag beaches and take in the breathtaking sea views. Once you arrive in Sandbanks you have a number of choices – try your hand at kitesurfing or paddleboarding in the harbour, grab a bite to eat at Rick Stein’s world-renowned fish restaurant, or simply sit back and relax with an ice cream on the beachfront.
Bournemouth Upper Gardens The gardens are less than a 15-minute walk away and provide a truly tranquil setting for nature lovers. Extensively landscaped and open all year round, the Grade II listed gardens stretch over a mile through the town centre and are filled with enchanting greenery and ornate seating spots, some with river views. Formed almost 200 years ago, the collection of Lower, Central and Upper Gardens are the perfect way to take in the town and all it has to offer.
New Forest The national park is 25 minutes away by car and boasts some of the UK’s most stunning countryside and idyllic walking routes. Covering over 500sq kilometres of forest, this is a truly remarkable place for hikers. Full of stunning heathland, bridleways and woodland trails as well as a number of traditional pubs serving hearty food, this is without a doubt one of the most impressive places to pop on your walking boots and go on an adventure.
Alum Chine Less than a mile away, Alum Chine is the biggest chine in Bournemouth. It not only has some impressive waterfront views, but it’s also home to the tropical gardens that have been open to the public since 1920. The gardens have a number of tropical and subtropical plants that sit alongside an established woodland enclosure (where you will find dragonflies, butterflies and birds), as well as an impressive suspension bridge that has an interesting heritage.
Hengistbury Head This rugged stretch of the coast is teeming with wildlife and is just a short drive from West Cliff Mansions. Heading towards Christchurch, this well-loved local walk has an array of heathland, grassland and woodland that attracts a diverse range of species. The head itself provides a wonderful route, where you can take in panoramic views of Christchurch and its impressive priory, Bournemouth Bay and Mudeford Spit. As well as being a great place to get back to nature, it’s also a fascinating part of the area’s heritage with over 12,000 years of history to uncover.
Photography is indicative only unless credited otherwise. All walking and driving times and distances are taken from Google Maps 14.6.21.