Brought to you by


Boxing Day walks near Bournemouth that you can try out

There are beautiful walks across the conurbation <i>(Image: Nick Lucas/Dorset Camera Club)</i>
There are beautiful walks across the conurbation (Image: Nick Lucas/Dorset Camera Club)

A Boxing Day walk is a tradition that many people abide by, and if you're looking for some near Bournemouth then you have a few options.

After the indulgence of Christmas Day, some may feel like they need to stretch their legs and get some fresh air to help burn off a few of those calories.

Here are a few walking routes near Bournemouth that you could take if you fancied a Boxing Day stroll.

All of the walks are under three hours in length so that you can enjoy them at a leisurely pace.

5 Boxing Day walks near Bournemouth

Hengistbury Head

Great British Life: The Hengistbury Head walk can offer great viewsThe Hengistbury Head walk can offer great views (Image: Sharon Laithwaite/Dorset Camera Club)

Full route details and a map can be found on the All Trails website here.

This circular trail around Hengistbury Head is considered a relatively easy walk and should take around an hour and 15 minutes to complete.

If you want a Boxing Day route near Bournemouth that is quite easygoing then this could be perfect as it is "relatively flat and suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels".

Dogs are welcome on the route as well, which offers "delightful views for the whole family".

Penn Hill to Branksome Chine Circular

Great British Life: Part of the route goes past Branksome Chine beachPart of the route goes past Branksome Chine beach (Image: Nick Lucas/Dorset Camera Club)

Full route details and a map can be found on the All Trails website here.

Another light route for those looking to burn off some of those Christmas Day calories can be found in the Penn Hill to Branksome Chine Circular.

It is a 7.4km route that should take around one hour and 40 minutes to complete.

The walk takes in regular streets, woodland and the beach so offers a lot of variation for a fairly short route.

On its All Trails page, it says: "Great picturesque walk with beautiful garden trails and a scenic beach."

Walk at White Mill and the Droves in Kingston Lacy

Full route details and a map can be found on the National Trust website here.

This moderate walk near the White Mill National Trust site is 5.1km long and should take around an hour and a half to complete.

The route can be found around a 30-40 minute drive away from Bournemouth.

Dogs are welcome on this route but should be put on a lead if going past livestock or traffic.

The route is fairly flat and goes on grass, gravel tracks and country lanes.

On the National Trust website, it says: "Enjoy this relaxing circular walk through the water meadows by the River Stour, taking in short stretches on scenic country lanes and along gravel tracks."

Bournemouth to Sandbanks

Great British Life: The Bournemouth to Sandbanks walk will almost entirely be next to the seaThe Bournemouth to Sandbanks walk will almost entirely be next to the sea (Image: Sonia Claire Smith/Dorset Camera Club)

Full route details and a map can be found on the All Trails website here.

The longest route on this list concerns a walk from Bournemouth to Sandbanks, which should take around two hours and 50 minutes to complete.

You'll have a view of the sea at pretty much all times on this Boxing Day walk which is relatively flat and is described as "moderately challenging".

The page adds: "You'll be able to walk on the sandy beach and dip your toes in the water or stay on the paved path."

Boscombe Beach and Lower Gardens

Great British Life: Lower Gardens is on the route of the below walkLower Gardens is on the route of the below walk (Image: Amanda Jane Norfolk/Dorset Camera Club)

Full route details and a map can be found on the All Trails website here.

If you just want a quick walk for Boxing Day then this light route from Boscombe Beach to the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth and back might work for you.

It's only 6km long and takes around one hour and 10 minutes to complete so it works as a nice afternoon stroll.

The page adds: "The is a relatively flat trail that meanders along the Bourne Stream in the park before heading back along the coast, offering wonderful views along the way."



BROUGHT TO YOU BY…

Dorset Read more

Latest articles

More from Dorset

BROUGHT TO YOU BY…

Dorset Read more