Student LifeGuide to Bournemouth

Outdoor Pursuits

Bournemouth is the furthest easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first Natural World Heritage site, which spans 95 miles of unspoilt countryside of exceptional natural beauty and historic geology.

With the scenic coastline and New Forest National Park right on our doorstep, there is plenty to explore in the surrounding area. There are well-maintained footpaths, including ones suitable for disabled people, and also byways and bridleways for cyclists and horse riders. Old Harry Rocks is a popular viewpoint for walkers or for an alternative way to see the coast, kayaks are available to hire at Poole Harbour and Boscombe.

You’ve got to take advantage of our location, so naturally, watersports are big down here! Taking up surf lessons is a great way to learn a new skill as well as meeting other people. Surf lessons are available in both Bournemouth and Boscombe and run all year round and offer classes from basics to the advanced. If you don’t have the equipment, then there are shops that you can buy or hire the gear from. Kite surfing and Paddleboarding are also becoming really popular. For the really daring amongst you, you can go Coasteering (jumping off cliffs into the sea – fully supervised of course!)

Annual volleyball competitions are held on Boscombe beach and attract teams from all over the world. Bournemouth is also about to hold its first ever marathon, which is another reason to get those running trainers on and get active. If running is not your thing, you could always swim pier-to-pier. 

If you prefer a much more relaxed sport, then cycling or walking through the New Forest gets you out in the open and allows you to enjoy a leisurely cycle or walk through 200 square miles of protected forestry and green space.