River Bourne, Dorset

River Bourne, Dorset

The River Bourne is a small river in Dorset. It flows into the English Channel at Bournemouth, taking its name simply from Middle English "bourn" or "burn", a small stream, and giving it to the town at its mouth.

The Bourne rises in Poole at the Coy Ponds but most of its length lies within Bournemouth. Along its entire course above ground, it flows through public gardens, known as the Upper, Central and Lower Gardens. It goes underground at The Square (which divides the Central Gardens from the Lower Gardens) and again just before it reaches the beach by Bournemouth Pier, so that its mouth is no longer visible.

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