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Walking in Bournemouth at Durley Dean Hotel

Explore the treasures and gems and spectacular coastline of Bournemouth on foot. The prospect of Bournemouth and Poole’s 12 miles of sandy shoreline and promenade is surely enticing enough to make you want to start walking. The golden sandy beaches, the fresh sea air and the sounds of soft waves will instantly lift your mood and make you feel more relaxed. Durley Dean Hotel and Spa is the perfect base to explore our list below of some of the most popular walks within a short distance from our hotel.

Walking Routes

Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier: If you fancy a 30 minute walk (1.5 miles), then walking from pier to pier is a great way to enjoy the beach and the fresh sea air while burning some calories. Once you get to Boscombe Pier you can relax and enjoy lunch or a drink at the Harvester or Urban Reef restaurants or one of the beachfront kiosks.

Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks (Poole): A walk from Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks Beach is a 3.5 mile walk which offers endless beautiful seaside vistas along the beach. There are no hills to tackle and the promenade is flat all the way along. You will encounter several restaurants and cafés on your way to Sandbanks if you fancy lunch or a coffee break.

Bournemouth Pier to Hengistbury Head: The walk to Hengistbury Head takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to cover the 5.4 miles from Bournemouth Pier. There is the Bistro on the Beach café 2.5 miles into your walk (49 minutes in), where you can stop for lunch or a drink. Once you reach Hengistbury Head, you will find the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. There is also a land train if you fancy taking the weight off your feet with an enjoyable ride down to Mudeford Sandspit (or you could always walk!) A seafood café called the Beach House is right by the prestigious beach huts and there is also a ferry terminal from Mudeford Sandbank across to Mudeford Quay.

Bournemouth Pier to Swanage: If you are the hiking type and fancy a four hour walk, this is definitely one for you. It is a 10.9 mile journey with breath taking views of Bournemouth’s blue flag beaches and Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Sandybanks Ferry terminal from Bournemouth Pier on foot. Take the ferry from Sandybanks to Shell Bay terminal in Studland which only takes 10 minutes. Continue to Swanage town centre which is a small pretty town with lots to offer including various visitor attractions, historic buildings, blue flag beach, sporting and leisure activities and plenty of shops, restaurants pubs and tea rooms.  

Walk along the Chines: There are five Chines in Bournemouth: Branksome Chine, Branksome Dene Chine, Middle Chine, Alum Chine and Durley Chine. The largest Chine in Bournemouth is Alum Chine, where you will find Argyll Gardens, a tropical garden situated at the bottom of Alumhurst Road. Branksome Chine attracts many different bird species and is a long woodland walk between Penn Hill and Branksome Chine seafront. Branksome Dene Chine is situated between Branksome Chine and Alum Chine. Durley Chine is located on the West Overcliff Drive and has a popular Blue Flag beach for families with young children. And finally, the Middle Chine is one of the smallest of all Chines, halfway between Durley Chine and Alum Chine, off West Cliff Road. It is a short, pleasant walk that leads to the West Undercliff Promenade. All Chines lead to the beautiful sandy and award winning beaches.

Leisure & Spa

After a long day exploring on foot, why not relax and unwind in our leisure centre. Guests at the Durley Dean Hotel & Spa have full access of our leisure facilities which includes our indoor headed swimming pool and sauna and our fully equipped gym. Charges apply for use of our swimming pool. If you are looking for the ultimate treat during your stay, allow yourself to be pampered with one of our luxurious treatments at The Beauty Spa.

Accommodation & Delicious Dining

Our luxury accommodation at Durley Dean Hotel & Spa offers ultra-comfortable beds which are topped with crisp white linen and large fluffy pillows to ensure the utmost of comfort during your stay with us. We also offer a tempting selection of dining options and all our menus are inspired by locally sourced ingredients, freshly prepared by our expert chefs. Choose from our Lounge Bar which offers a range of light bites and delicious main course meals or for a more intimate dining experience our No.28 Restaurant is worth a visit during your stay with us.


Book Your Stay

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Why Stay With Us at Durley Dean Hotel, Bournemouth

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Why not take a dip in our indoor heated pool or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our sauna. Charges apply for the use of our swimming pool.

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seaside DINING

While staying at the Durley Dean Hotel, we have food and beverage options to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds. With our beautiful No. 28 Restaurant serving the best in British Cuisine and our Lounge Bar for the finest in refreshments and snacks.

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Due to our ideal location, we have so much to offer in terms of attractions in the local area. Walking distance to most and a short drive to others. The family will never be bored while staying here at The Durley Dean Hotel, Bournemouth.