With the holiday season upon us, all of us at BCP Tourism would like to kick-start this special time of year with our 12 days of Christmas blog! Every two days, we will be releasing a blog specifically designed to give you ideas and inspiration on what to do in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole over the festive period. Introducing blog number ten...

Bournemouth and the Dorset coast offers so much variety; from woodland trails, coastal vistas and clifftop views to stunning parks and historic landmarks, that there really is something for everyone. From a gentle stroll along the beach, to a more challenging trek along the Coast Path, there’s a walk to suit all ages and abilities.

Explore the Gardens

Bournemouth’s beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Gardens are worth visiting at any time of year, so enjoy a winter stroll through the Lower, Central and Upper Gardens that offer an oasis of calm. Each part of the Gardens has its own character, from the unusual and long-established trees  (look out for the plates telling you more about them), to the meandering stream that runs through the Gardens to the sea. Follow the paths all the way down to the seafront and famous Pier.

Bournemouth’s Chines

Take a walk around Bournemouth and Poole’s famous ‘Chines’ including Alum, Branksome, and Branksome Dene. All offer walkers scenic coastal paths through beautiful woodland down to the seafront.

Alum Chine’s tropical gardens, which have their origins in the 1920s, provide an ideal area for contemplation, with all year round rare lush greenery.

Stour Valley

The Stour Valley on the north-west edge of Bournemouth is a riverside nature reserve. There’s a two mile stretch of riverside walks, meadows, hedgerows and woodland to explore, making for an ideal winter walk. Wander through the trails, spotting the birds and animals that call it their home. Staff at the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre can help with advice on what to see and where to walk, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that this natural area offers the walker.

Remember to come back in two days’ time to explore what A Coastal Village Christmas might entail!




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