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The best places for a Bournemouth Boxing Day walk according to Tripadvisor – see the list

What better way to offset the overindulgence of Christmas Day than to head out on a Boxing Day walk?

After a cosy, and possibly chaotic, day at home with the family celebrating Christmas, getting out in the open air, stretching your legs, and taking in the beautiful scenery Bournemouth has to offer is, for many, the perfect follow up.

If you don’t get into the outdoors too often, or you’re getting bored of the open spaces you normally visit, there are a plethora of locations to discover in our beautiful coastal town – but which one to choose?


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We’ve taken to Tripadvisor to check out where others are reporting as great places to visit. Here are the top five, according to reviews.

Top 5 Boxing Day walks in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Try Bournemouth Beach for a Boxing Day walk. Picture: TripadvisorTry Bournemouth Beach for a Boxing Day walk. Picture: Tripadvisor

Bournemouth Beach
Where: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA
Rating: 4.5 from 8,795 reviews

With golden sands stretching into the distance it’s not hard to see why Bournemouth Beach makes it into the top spot. With lots of amenities to hand too, it makes a great choice for a Boxing Day walk.

What people are saying: “There is so much to see. We saw a small hawk catch a grass hopper, watched people surfing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, jogging, cycling, skateboarding.
“There are lots of facilities along theway. The sand is clean and soft… what more could you ask for?” – 341ChristineL

Hengistbury Head Beach
Where: Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 4EW
Rating: 4.5/5 from 2,300 reviews

Hengistbury Head is home to a variety of habitats including heathland, grassland, scrub, woodland, freshwater wetland and coastland making it an exciting place to explore for nature-lovers.

What people are saying: “Despite numerous holidays to this area and many trips to Hengistbury Head I can’t believe that we have only just discovered the circular walk around the headland which includes the mile or so of beach.
“The walk was fabulous and the beach very easy to walk on. The scenery throughout was very varied and at times breath-taking.
“The tall cliffs and views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight made the beach portion of the walk exceptional.” – Les N

Alum Chine Beach
Where: West Undercliff Promenade, Westbourne BH4 8AN
Rating: 4.5/5 from 422 reviews

This Blue Flag award-winning beach is popular with families. A mix of sand and shingle, is wide and clean and a great spot for a brisk Boxing Day walk.

What people are saying: “We have two dogs and come here a lot. Nice place and good to parking nearby.
“Sea is clean also and perfect for dog lovers.” – Lydia L


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Lower Gardens
Where: Bournemouth, BH1 2AQ
Rating: 4.5 from 2,063 reviews

Just five minutes from Bournemouth Pier, these Grade II Listed Gardens boast beautiful floral displays and is the perfect setting to simply sit and take in the surroundings. A peaceful way to spend your Boxing Day.

What people are saying: “A wonderful experience for adults and children alike from walking through the baubles and christmas tree to watching the ice skating.
“Finished off at the Ski chalet on the square with a nice glass of hot mulled wine great.” – rita c

Southbourne Beach
Where: Southbourne, BH5 2EL
Rating: 4.5 from 227 reviews

Another award-winning beach with the added bonus of a nature trail nature trail on the cliffs above.

What people are saying: “Absolutely stunning beach. This beach is lovely and is also very clean.
“There was a nice walk along the beach on a path and we walked right the way down to Bournemouth.
“Nice flat walk ideal for a nice easy walk.” – Dawn




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