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Click Here to download in PDF format our map of Four Walks from the Riviera Hotel as described below (and click here for the text describing the walks):
Walk A – The Churchill
Stroll along Studland Road to the Suspension Bridge spanning the deep, dark Chine from which the young Winston Churchill jumped in order to avoid being caught by his cousins in a childhood game. Cross the bridge (which will swing if you walk in step!) and turn right, following the rhododendron-lined walk around the West Cliff to one of the best views on the South Coast. Take a peek at the immaculate Argyll Bowling Greens before heading down the zig zag cliff path through Alum Chine’s internationally famous Tropical Gardens. See Old Harry Rocks through the palm trees, relax with a coffee or ice cream at Alum Chine’s seaside cafés before ambling back along the Chine path and up the steps by the Suspension Bridge, or taking the Alumhurst Road route with the cliff top gardens on your left for more spectacular views.
Walk B – The Promenade
The quickest route to Alum Chine’s Blue Flag Beach (it has been walked in two minutes, but why rush!). At the bottom of the hill are the imaginative Children’s Adventure Playground with an abandoned Pirate Ship, Swings and Slides, etc., and the Toddlers Paddling Pool – as well as Bournemouth’s sandiest beach. Catch the colourful Land Train along the Promenade in summer, passing two more deep green Chines (Middle and Durley) as you go. Get off at the first Pier, wander inland by the Bourne Stream through the award winning gardens and pick up the number 2A or 2B yellow bus in the square (stop M opposite WH-Smiths) to come home.
Walk C – The Secret
Branksome Dene Chine Blue Flag Beach is just across the border in Poole. Enjoy walking there via one of the two “secret” entrances marked on our map (or go by car to the one on Pinewood Road) and then stroll back along the Promenade to Alum Chine for a circular walk. Turn left out of the hotel doors then right into Crosby Road. Cross over Alumhurst Road where you will see Sandbourne Road on the left. Walk almost to the end of Sandbourne Road where you will see a leafy pedestrian pathway on your right. Alternatively, turn right at Alumhurst Road and walk along to Mountbatten where you turn left and left again into Cassel Avenue. You will see the pathway on your left at the curve of the road.
Walk D – The Chine
Walk inland though the woods of Alum Chine (go down the steps of the Suspension Bridge from Studland Road then turn left at the bottom) and walk a mile or so through the wooded valley to its base. Turn Left onto the pavement then Right up Alum Chine Road to Westbourne Village with its Victorian Arcade, fashionable boutiques and coffee shops. Westbourne is a 15 to 20 minute walk, alternatively, the number 2A or 2B yellow bus will take you there and back. While in Westbourne, why not take a stroll down Robert Louis Stevenson Avenue to “Skerryvore”, which is the site of the house of Robert Louis Stevenson between 1885 and 1887. Whilst residing here he wrote Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The house was destroyed by a bomb in the Second World War in 1940, but it is now a quiet public garden with a commemorative statue of the author
PS For the more energetic, turn right at Alum Chine beach and stride along the prom to the famous Sandbanks and spectacular Poole Harbour