Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, leading to the pier, are what we all think of immediately when we say Bournemouth Gardens. These magnificent gardens lead to the pier in one direction, and into the Central Gardens, and on to the Upper Gardens in the other direction. These are not the only gardens in Bournemouth and some of the other clifftop gardens are well worth a visit.
Alum Chine and Argyll Gardens
Alum Chine is to the west of Bournemouth beach. It can be reached by walking along the seafront from Bournemouth, or if you prefer get the land train from Bournemouth pier. Coming from Poole or Westbourne, Alum Chine itself is at the bottom of Alumhurst Road where there is a bus stop and public car park. Alum Chine offers a lovely walk that winds down to the beach. It also features a ‘treasure island’ themed children’s play area and a tropical garden.
Boscombe Chine Gardens
To the east of Bournemouth beach is Boscombe Chine Gardens. These gardens have some lovely formal flower beds, a variety of well-established trees, a large grassy areas for recreation, mini golf, a water-themed playground and even a floodlit basketball court. Boscombe Chine Gardens also has a café overlooking the Mini Golf course. Download the Boscombe Chine Gardens Tree Trail Leaflet to make the walk more interesting.
Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff
This clifftop reserve offers stunning views across the bay to Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck Hill, and is wheelchair accessible.
This long, narrow strip of grassy scrub on the clifftop is home to several rare species of plants and animals, including exotic lizards, butterflies and an insect called the beewolf which hunt bees and carries them off to its underground lair. Some of the birds you can see include Dartford warblers, stonechats, greenfinches and kestrels. A little further down towards Boscombe Pier you might even spot some of the British feral goats that help keep the scrub down at Honeycomb Chine.
A lovely little park that leads from Southbourne to the cliff top. Stroll through a range of woodland, formal and informal planting leading to the lawns and ornamental pond just before the overcliff. Fisherman’s Walk has a small bandstand that’s been there since the 1920s and hosts a variet of events throughout the year.
The cliffs in Bournemouth feature some rare geological features. It is one of the most significant sites in Britain for the study of Eocene estuarine sediments. The exposed sandstones are about 45 million years old and were formed in an ancient river estuary. The cliffs are home to over 300 plant species , butterflies, insects, birds, reptiles and even goats!
So if you’re planning a trip to Bournemouth and want to do some walking, The clifftops of Bournemouth offer some great opportunities, and you can always head down to the beach for a change of scenery!
Book a walking break at the Arlington Hotel and come and enjoy some of these lovley walks