Branksome Chine Beach (Poole)

This wide, sandy beach (with some shingle areas) has stunning views out to sea, and backs on to a promenade with a bar, restaurant, and shop. Drinking water is also available, with other refreshments and seaside essentials on sale at the shop. Beach huts can also be hired.

There is parking at Branksome Chine Surface Car Park (including 3 accessible bays), and Beach Road pay and display, but in good weather the car parks can fill up rapidly.

Branksome beach is accessible by ramp, and from May to September a beach-accessible wheelchair can be borrowed from the seasonal beach office between 9.30am and 4.30pm (first come, first served; deposit required). Disabled toilets are located in the Branksome Chine car park and the promenade (RADAR-key access). Two of the fixed electric beach BBQs are wheelchair accessible.

As with most local beaches, dogs are not allowed in summer. In July and August some restrictions apply on cycling, skateboarding, skating, and e-scooters on the promenade and paths. A lifeguard is available in summer from 10am to 6pm and the safe swim zone is clearly marked.

Electric BBQ hotplates are available between 10am to 10pm (first come, first served). Disposable barbecues are allowed after 6pm: visitors must follow disposal instructions with care. Open fires, gas barbecues, and camping are not allowed on the beach at any time.

Some toilets have baby changing facilities and there is an outdoor shower. Activities include wind surfing, plus volleyball hire.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed in the main beach area from the 1st May - 30th Sept.

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  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



BH13 6JL

OS grid ref.

SZ 0667 8972

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Branksome Chine Beach (Poole) Reviews

Jul 06th 2019

Such a shame to see so much rubbish, buried nappies, glass bottles and papers no excuse either as the bins are just a few steps away!

Clean fine sand

Sep 14th 2019

Lovely beach. Looked clean, just a shame there was no one policing people bringing dogs on when the guide says they’re not allowed.

What did we get wrong?