Vinnie and Whiskey explore the ten miles of golden sands of Bournemouth * and Poole**.
Our adventure started at the Lodges situated a ball throw away from Boscombe beach. It’s perfect beach for meeting new pals, digging holes and playing in the sea. After a busy day on the beach, there are showers and taps for rinsing off.
After spending the day on the beach, we decided to head out for a long walk. We turned left from the Lodges and strolled along the promenade towards Fishermans Walk, Southbourne and our destination Hengistbury Head. If you are, in need of an ice-cream, stop by one of the kiosks for a double scoop and tub of Billy and Margo for your furry friend.
Fishermans Walk and Southbourne are much quieter than the main Bournemouth Beach. During the peak season have a designated dog friendly area.
As it was lunchtime, we headed to the dog friendly Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne for a delicious homemade burger and a well-deserved beer.
The last stop on this stretch of the coast is the rugged Hengistbury Head. Wander along the path to the top of the headland and take in the spectacular views of the Isle of Wight and the rolling Purbeck hills. The Hiker Café is dog friendly, there are plenty of picnic tables and doggy water bowls.
After a 6k walk yesterday, we decided to hop on the land train from Lodges and head towards Bournemouth Pier and our final stop Alum Chine. This stretch of beach is delightful, so grab a deckchair and watch the world go by. Further round the bay is Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs, Shore Road and the stunning Sandbanks. If you are hungry, head to the dog friendly Jazz Café on Shore Road or the Haven Ferry Café and Takeway, opposite the chain ferry.
Should your furry pal, still have loads of energy, take the chain link ferry across to Shell Bay and Studland.
After two days of walking and playing on the beach, we decided to rest our feet and paws, sitting on our Beach Lodge deck watching the world go by.
The Bournemouth Beach Lodges are perfect for your four-legged friend to enjoy exploring, meeting pals, digging holes on the beach** and playing in the sea.
The Lodges welcome one well behaved dog and five of the Lodges* are dedicated to being dog Friendly. There is plenty of room for your furry friends’ basket, toys and treats.
Tails will definitely be wagging, so book your adventure today.
*Bournemouth dog friendly zones
Between 1st May and 30th September, dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenades and paths at all times, and may only be exercised on the following signposted sections of beach:
- Border with Poole to Groyne 3 (Alum Chine beach office)
- Groynes 5 to 7 (Middle Chine to Durley Chine)
- Groynes 32 to 41 (Fisherman’s Walk to Southbourne)
- Groyne 45 to Hengistbury Head
**Dog friendly Poole beaches
In Poole dogs are allowed on the beach all year round at Branksome Dene and at the west end of Sandbanks beach. Dogs are not allowed on the main beaches from 1st May to 30th September.