In Search of the Golden Hour: Bournemouth

There’s a reason so many flock to the southern coastal town of Bournemouth every summer, and its seven-mile long, sandy beach is one of them. And wait till we get started on the surrounding Dorset coastline…the dramatic landscape is a photographer’s dream.

This month, Enterprise is in pursuit of the Golden Hour – hitting the road and chasing every last bit of the summer sun. We sent Kim Leuenberger to Bournemouth to find the best places to pull over and capture those stunning sunset pics. Armed with her camera and tips from her community, here’s what she found.

Bournemouth Beach


With so much to offer up and down the coastline, why not make a day of it? The early morning light reflects beautifully on the sand and the beach is near empty except for a few dog walkers. And as the day kicks into full gear, you’ll be spoiled for choice with activities for the whole family, from relaxing in a deck chair to more adventurous water sports. Be sure to stick around as the sun sinks into the horizon with your camera at the ready.

Bournemouth beach at sunset.

Durdle Door


Durdle Door is perhaps one of the most beautiful settings in southern England to witness a sunset. Even with a hazy sky, as on a recent visit, the sun is likely to break through the clouds to reveal a wonderful golden glow – ideal for that perfect shot!

The beautiful Durdle Door at sunset.

East Lulworth


East Lulworth is a quintessentially British countryside village nestled between Weymouth and Bournemouth, on the Purbeck Heritage coast. It’s the perfect place to stop on the way to Durdle Door, and if you climb up the hill at Lulworth Cove there’s a stunning view. In fact, the entirety of the landscape here is worthy of any photographer’s attention – you’ll find yourself constantly getting out of the car to capture the next view.

East Lulworth is a countryside village nestled between Weymouth and Bournemouth

And now, it’s your turn! Dorset is waiting. To start planning your journey, click here. And don’t forget to share your Instagram-worthy sunset shots with us @EnterpriseUK.