A Tour of Alum Chine

Posted on 06/06/2016 By

Alum Chine, Westbourne

Alum Chine.

We covered a brief history of Alum Chine yesterday. Today, we take a bit of a guided tour. Starting at West Overcliff Drive by St Ambrose Church, we head south. We soon come across our first access point, which would take us over one of the bridges.

Alum Chine, Westbourne

One of the many paths © expat

Noting this for now, we carry on south. There are a couple of points where the brave and leg-strong can venture down steps to reach the bottom. However, we are carrying on until we almost reach the top of the cliff.

Here, we see a sign pointing to the Tropical Gardens. There are also some seats on which to rest and take in the view. However, the trees have obviously grown in front of this viewpoint, so not many seats now offer a chance to see the sea. We make our way down to Alum Chine through the Tropical Gardens. Whilst some areas are only accessible by steps, it is possible to get the whole way down avoiding them, thus making it wheelchair friendly. The slopes are all fairly gentle. There are a couple of good stopping points on the way to view the gardens, and also to look out and enjoy the vista across the bay.

At the bottom, we arrive at the point where Alum Chine meets the promenade. Here, there is a children’s play area, some quite reasonable public toilets, an Italian restaurant, a paddling pool and some beach huts. At you would expect, the beach here is very sandy. Another interesting feature is a DIY bicycle service station!

Heading north, there is an old drinking water fountain by the play park. We then go past the end of Alumhurst Road, and the bus stop. Then, we are back in Alum Chine proper. Walking through here, it is hard to believe that you are so close to the centre of Bournemouth. It is a beautiful tree-lined path, well populated with birds that you can hear all around. Some of the houses in Studland Road (above us on the west side) have their own access down to the path.

It is not long before we are walking under the suspension bridge, which seems fantastically high. Not long after, we arrive at the other two bridges. The first one, to our right, will take you back to West Overcliff Drive. The other one (the arched bridge) will take you to West Cliff Road. The path that continues off to our left will take you to Warren Road/Drury Road and Alumhurst Road.

Alum Chine, Westbourne

Looking into Alum Chine from West Overcliff Drive © expat


Exercise available with the many steep steps! This is near the top of West Overcliff Drive © expat


View across the suspension bridge from the West Overcliff Drive end © expat


Looking along the suspension bridge © expat


Alum Chine Tropical Gardens © expat


Another view of the Tropical Gardens from the viewing area © expat


Tropical Gardens again © expat


Plant close-up. © expat


One of the stepped areas © expat


Part of the children’s play area © expat


Line up of Beach Huts! © expat


The Vesuvio Bar & Restaurant © expat


Children’s Paddling Pool © expat


Self-service bicycle repair centre © expat


1880s Drinking Fountain © expat


Plaque on the fountain © expat


Road and bus terminus (with the car park to the left) © expat


Amazing tree roots © expat


View of the chine from the post and beam bridge. The arched bridge can just be seen in the background. © expat


View across the post and beam bridge (towards the tree roots) © expat

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  1. Alex Oldham says:

    I live in Warren Road, do you know why it is so called? @aloldham1

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