If you’re after an activity that is suitable for the whole family, full of inspiration that benefits both mind and body, then these walks in and around Bournemouth in Dorset are ideal. And what’s more, they don’t cost a penny.
Nestled between the bustling town centre and award winning beach, there’s always a reason and a season to visit Bournemouth’s beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Gardens. From sunbathing in the summer, to picnics, a relaxing afternoon with the children and refreshing winter walks, the Lower, Central and Upper Gardens offer an oasis of calm and colour.
Adjacent to the sea and only a short walk from the town centre, the award winning Lower Gardens plays host to a number of brilliant Bournemouth events all year round. Here you’ll also find one of the country’s largest rockeries, the Pinewalk Art Exhibition, mini-golf, and the bandstand.
For somewhere a little quieter, the Central and Upper Gardens are bursting with beautiful natural scenery. Here you can follow one of the guided walks, tree trails or cycle paths as well as finding out about their history and vibrant flora and fauna at one of the various information points.
Take a walk along the beach and you’ll discover Boscombe Chine. A fantastic mix of colour, flowers, grassy areas, water, trees and wildlife, the gardens bring together the best of their Victorian past. Here you can also enjoy crazy golf, have fun in the water-themed play area or simply enjoy a cup of tea.
Or why not head to the Tropical Gardens at Alum Chine. Originating back to the 1920s, the gardens are a tropical retreat, home to a haven of unusual plants. Look at the side for details on downloadable walking packs which come complete with a map of the route, points of interest, information on how long you should allow and also tips on the best places to park.
Other wonderful walks are available around Dorset and the Purbecks – just visit Explore the Area page to the right.