Canford Cliffs and Flaghead Chines

Approached either by the broad promenade extending along the beach from Branksome Chine or from the secluded residential centre of Canford Cliffs, the two most westerly and most secluded of the chines, Canford Cliffs and Flaghead, are charming and picturesque retreats. The former is the seaward extremity of the Canford Cliffs pleasure grounds, and the latter is the smallest and simplest of the local ravines, narrow and winding, with steep banks and a profusion of firs, bracken and gorse. At both there are ample facilities for bathing in quiet surroundings.

Sandbanks Pavilion 1936


Running south-westwards from the chine-intersected cliffs is a sandy peninsula known as Sandbanks, an English Lido which attracts visitors all year round. Forming a natural barrier against the encroachment of the open sea on the placid waters of the harbour, it's natural charms have been admirably preserved, yet no effort has been spared to meet the holiday-makers needs. Sandbanks is a bracing playground to which thousands flock during the season. Even in winter its climate is mild, and consequently it is also a popular residential resort.

Branksome Chine Solarium

Branksome Chine

A delightful journey of some two miles, either by car or 'bus along the sylvan Avenue, or on foot through a belt of natural pleasure grounds which follows a winding stream, brings one to Branksome Chine, with its novel model boating pool (Laid out to represent the English Channel), its Continental Cafe, its unique Solarium - the first of its kind built in Britain - and its pleasant walks through unspoilt pine woods. The Chine opens on to an exceptionally large expanse of golden sands, where sea and sun-bathing may be enjoyed by thousands. In summer the Solarium, which has it's own vita-glass tea lounge, is used as a bathing pavilion; in winter one may enjoy within its walls artificial sunshine and summer heat.

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