Drives near me: The five best drives near Bournemouth from the coast to the countryside

Britons are keen to find alternatives to holidays abroad. Walks, drives and staycations have all become popular choices with Britons who don’t want to go abroad this year. From the countryside to the Jurassic Coastline, here are the top five drives near Bournemouth.


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1. Badbury Rings

Although Badbury Rings is strictly a major location in itself, driving there from any direction is stunning.

Driving directly from Bournemouth to Badbury Rings will take you around 28 minutes.

If you turn left out of Kingston Lacy’s Blandford Drive, you will pass an avenue of beech trees.

Badbury Rings is one of Dorset’s eighteen Iron Age hill forts that sits 100 metres above sea level.

The beech trees which line the avenue were planted by William John Bankes in the 19th century after he inherited Kingston Lacy in 1835.

The drive itself is between the towns of Wimborne and Blandford which are both idyllic market towns in the thick of the Dorset countryside.

If you don’t fancy walking around Badbury Rings, you can always park up at their car park (off of The Beech Avenue) and enjoy a truly beautiful sunset.

2. Wimborne to Cranborne

Wimborne Minster is around 20 minutes away from Bournemouth via car but is well worth the trip.

The market town is home to a stunning Minster, model town, theatre and a rich history.

Just 15 minutes away from Wimborne sits Cranborne, an idyllic village in the heart of the countryside.

The drive is truly beautiful with plenty of notable sights.

Knowlton Church is worth a visit and is just off the B3078 main road to Cranborne.

Wimborne St Giles, which is home to the impressive St Giles House, is also a good spot for a picnic.

On a Sunday from the months of April to October, the village hall often holds a cream tea which supports the hall and local charities.

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3. Swanage to Bournemouth via Poole

Bournemouth to Swanage is a 45-minute drive but is worth the journey.

On the way back from Swanage, drive through Poole via the chain ferry and experience views of Sandbanks and Studland.

From Swanage to the chain ferry crossing, you will see the ruins of Corfe Castle and magnificent views of Studland’s nature reserve.

Once you’ve made the crossing, you will pass through Sandbanks and drive past homes of the uber rich and famous.

4. Weymouth to Bridport

The Dorset Jurassic Coast Road Drive is one of the most beautiful scenic coastal roads in the UK.

The coastal drive follows the line of the Chesil Bank and Fleet Lagoon.

Driving to Bridport from Bournemouth will take an hour but you will pass some of the most stunning views in England.

On your way, you will also pass Golden Cap, Charmouth and Lyme Regis which all offer charming views and are great spots for some lunch.

5. Bournemouth to Poole

This is the shortest journey of them all but it’s still a good one.

Bournemouth to Poole only takes around 15 minutes but depending on the route, you will see some fantastic views.

Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Lilliput and Whitecliff are all scenic coastal villages that are just a stone’s throw from the sea.

All offer some great local shops including bookshops, bakeries, pubs and restaurants.

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