Pictures of Southbourne
in the county of Dorset
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Southbourne is a sedate coastal resort lying close to the mouth of the River Stour, just a few minutes drive from its more famous neighbour Christchurch.
The resort offers picturesque cliffs, and a beautiful sandy beach with a long pier and several jetties. It is ideal for those who enjoy beach-side holidays, and for sea-sport enthusiasts. The estuary of the Stour offers opportunities to enjoy exploring tiny creeks and for watching some of the areas wildlife.
St.Christopher's is the local parish church, being just over seventy years of age the church is fairly modern by historic church standards. None-the-less, the church has a lovely serene atmosphere and is a peaceful place in which to pass a few moments of quiet reflection.
Southbourne, like many of it's sister beaches along this coast, has associations with smuggling which was believed to be rife in the region between the 17th and late 18th-centuries.
In the town visitors will find some nice shops, restaurants and inns. One of the noted sites in the town is a colourful shell house.
Visitors to Southbourne can enjoy a relaxing time, there are pretty areas including Tuckton Bridge and Wick Ferry. Beautiful riverside walks lead from the town right down to Hengistbury Head, where you can delight in fabulous sea and coastal views.
The area offers an excellent range of accommodation, and is good for fishing, golfing, and horse-riding. Busy Bournemouth is just a short drive away, and all the pleasures of the New Forest can be discovered within easy driving distance.
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