Best beaches honour for Christchurch and Poole, but Bournemouth misses out

Best beaches honour for Christchurch and Poole, but Bournemouth misses out

Bournemouth Echo

Best beaches honour for Christchurch and Poole, but Bournemouth misses outBest beaches honour for Christchurch and Poole, but Bournemouth misses out

LAST year it was the best in Britain and the only UK beach to make Europe's top ten - this year Bournemouth beach has been ousted by a Welsh beauty spot.

The annual TripAdvisor Travellers Choice awards has no place for Bournemouth on its winners list - but its not all bad news for Dorset. Hengistbury Head comes fifth, with Sandbanks eighth.

Weymouth beach came seventh. The top spot was taken by Rhossili Bay in Swansea, with surfers favourite Wollacombe Bay in Devon second.

The world's best beach award went to Rabbit Bay on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Bruce Grant-Braham, tourism champion for Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Dorset has some of the best quality beaches, heritage and countryside in the UK, so it is fantastic that travellers recognise the unique qualities of this outstanding area.

“After being on show to the world during the Olympics, it is wonderful that this inspiring coastline is enjoying such popularity with visitors. We look forward to welcoming even more.”

Paul Dredge, vice chairman of the Poole Tourism Panel, said: “Poole's beaches are fantastic, so it is no surprise that Sandbanks features so strongly with travellers.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: “These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and beyond, according to those that really matter - travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise.”

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