From Mount Lodge you can take a five minute stroll down the beautiful Alum Chine woodland path to the sea and sandy beaches, without even needing to cross a road!


You can stroll left along the beach to get to Bournemouth Pier and the buzzing town centre and if you go right you will come to Poole with the large natural harbour. From Poole Harbour, boats head south to Brownsea Island. Perfect location for a mix of beach, town and village vibes.

Alum Chine is home to a beautiful Tropical Garden which is situated to the rear of the beach just into Alum Chine and immediately above the children’s play ground.

Westbourne village is a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk, where you will find coffee shops, restaurants and a Victorian Arcade with boutique shops. 


Alum Chine Beach is probably one of Bournemouth’s favourite Blue Flag award winning beaches, particularly loved by the locals for its wide, sandy exceptionally clean appearance.  It is situated to the West of Bournemouth, away from the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth Pier and the town centre.

It’s hugely popular with young families due to a pirate-themed large adventure playground, toilets with baby changing facilities, lost children centres, RNLI lifeguard stations, pubs and ice cream kiosks. Children will also delight at waving to the land train which drives past frequently on the promenade from Bournemouth Pier to Alum Chine Beach and beyond.

Award winning Alum Chine Beach also has an abundance of colourful beach huts to rent all year round.

  • Alum Chine suspension bridge 

  • Alum Chine beach and promenade - children's playground

  • Argyll tropical gardens (1/4 mile)

  • Argyll bowing club and café (sit in the sun and watch or pay and play)

  • Compton acres gardens (1.5 miles)

  • Oceanarium and Bournemouth pier (approx. 2 miles)

  • Poole quay (about 4 miles)

    • Boat trips to Swanage, Brownsea Island, Wareham and Dorset Lakes

    • Poole Pottery shop

  • Corfe Castle

  • Chain Ferry to Studland National Nature Reserve (Old Harry Rocks)

  • Kingston Lacy house and gardens (National Trust)

  • Badbury Rings

  • Lulworth Cove

  • Bovington tank museum

  • Monkey world

  • Christchurch Priory (market day Mondays)

  • Hengistbury Head

  • Lymington (market day Saturdays)

  • Beaulieu Motor museum

  • The New Forest

  • Moors Valley Country Park, family playtrails, adventure playgrounds, bike hire, Go ape, miniature railway rides.

  • Golf Courses: 

    • Meyrick Park

    • Queens Park

    • Parley (opposite the airport)