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Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs is a natural and tranquil area between Shore Road and Branksome Chine. It has Blue Flag status, sandy cliffs and picturesque wooden huts. It’s within walking distance of Canford Cliffs village, which offers a range of restaurants and local shops.

There are beach guidelines to follow so that everyone can enjoy our beaches.


Cliff Road
BH13 7HX


Western Road car park has 50 spaces, with 2 disabled parking bays.

Public transport

Timetables for buses to Canford Cliffs from morebus.

The nearest train stations to Canford Cliffs are Branksome (1.6 miles), Parkstone (2.8 miles) and Bournemouth (2.9 miles).


Cycling is allowed, but pedestrians have priority. Keep your speed below 10mph and follow seasonal restrictions in place for July and August on seafront promenades and paths to avoid on-the-spot fines.

Facilities at Canford Cliffs

  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • volleyball nets (seasonal)
  • RNLI Lifeguards 13 August – 4 September , 10am to 6pm (weekends only).


You may have difficulty reaching Canford Cliffs beach from the car park. For easier access try Sandbanks, Shore Road or Branksome Chine beaches.


From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed on Canford Cliffs beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade, paths and zig zags at all times. Find the nearest year-round dog friendly beach and remember to pick up after your dog.


You can have a disposable barbecue between 6pm and 10.30pm, read the barbecue guide before you plan one.

Douse disposable barbecues with water after use and leave them next to the rubbish bins on the promenade for our beach cleansing team to collect once they have cooled down. Please dispose of all other rubbish in the bins provided.

To reduce waste, try one of the electric barbecue hotplates available at various seafront locations.

Open fires

Open fires are not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to light an open fire.


Camping is not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to camp anywhere along the seafront.

Visit Poole Tourism for activities in the area.

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