Sandbanks Ferry to reopen for Christmas

Sandbanks Ferry is suspended for its annual overhaul.

The service is expected to return on Thursday 18 December.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Cliff fall at Branksome Dene Chine

There has been an unexpected cliff fall on the western side of Branksome Dene Chine.

Part of a lawn dropped into the car park below. The grass belongs to a residence near to View Point House where Max Bygraves lived for many years.

The Daily Echo has the first pictures.


Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Shelley Park: Florence Gibson portrait

A rare portrait of Florence Gibson who was brought up at Shelley Park by Sir Percy and Lady Shelley is to be auctioned at Bonham’s in London. It may have been painted at the house with the Boscombe sea view added as the backdrop.

The story is on the Bournemouth People website.


Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Sandbanks Ferry open on Monday 3 November

Sandbanks Ferry will cease operating for its annual refit on Tuesday 4 November.

This is a day later than announced. Monday’s weather will not now be good enough for the vessel to be towed to Southampton.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Sandbanks Ferry: Annual closure

Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action for most of November for its annual refit.

The ferry will run during the weekend 1-2 November but from Monday 3 November there will be no service.

Closure could last for six weeks.

During November there will be a public inquiry into proposed fare increases held at Studland Village Hall.

There are no plans to increase the £1 pedestrian fare.



cease ut

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Bournemouth offshore wind farm: Public hearing

The hearing at the BIC

The hearing at the BIC

The Planning Inspectorate held its main hearing for the Navitus Bay wind farm proposal at the BIC in Bournemouth yesterday (14 Oct).

Most of those giving evidence were opposed to the scheme which would place the world’s largest wind farm in the bay between the Isle of Wight and Isle of Purbeck.

But a serious case in favour was given by several individuals concerned about climate change and, in one case, Russia deciding how much power we receive.

The Yarmouth Harbour Master, who lives at Barton-on-Sea, was in favour since the project could make his port very busy, bring employment and help local businesses who would provide supplies to the ships.

But there were concerns about noise from the bay during and after construction, noise (or low hum) from cabling bringing the electricity ashore at Taddiford Gap, shipping safety, fishing and migrating birds.

Many residents revealed expert knowledge.

My overwhelming feeling at the end of the day was that the Dorset and Bournemouth Coast Paths which we are so familiar with have unique views loved by many people. Designations by UNESCO and other authorities confirm that we have something precious to be preserved for the future.

If we are to say to people ‘be green and don’t fly to a foreign holiday’ then we must have our bay which rivals Naples for them to enjoy at home.

This is the same landscape and seascape which moved Henry James, Benjamin Disraeli and, as the inspectors were reminded, Bill Bryson.

The Daily Echo has a report.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Hordle’s cliff-top burial ground could reopen

Hordle Church was moved inland in 1829 ago but it seems that its graveyard containing the bodies of shipwrecked sailors may be reopened for new burials.

This is because the All Saints graveyard in Hordle village is now full and may be handed over by the parochial church council to the parish council.

There is some space in the original churchyard which also contains the tombs of Sir Reginald de Clerk, who fell in the Wars of the Roses, and Christopher Clark who died in 1720 aged 112.

A service is held on the site of the first church every summer.



Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Best pubs at each end of coast path

It is interesting to see which which pubs along the coast have made it into CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2015.

At Swanage it is The Ship Inn, just back from the little seafront piazza with its fish shops.

No more on the coast path until the Red Lion at Milford-on-Sea which offers Ringwood best bitter and bed and breakfast.

But there are many interesting entries for worthwhile pubs found inland. The guide is edited by pub and beer expert Roger Protz.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Purbeck House Hotel welcomes walkers

Purbeck House Hotel in Swanage has an advertisment in the Ramblers’ Walk magazine.

Walkers are welcome.

The hotel was built as the home of George Burt who worked with his uncle John Mowlem on many London buildings. Burt’s garden is littered with old bollards and posts brought back from the capital as ballast in ships which had taken Purbeck stone to London.

It is a good place to spend a first night on the coast path.

Bed and breakfast for two is £94 this month but gets cheaper from October.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Bournemouth Air Festival 28-31 August 2014

The Royal Marines have abseiled down Bournemouth’s Highcliff Hotel on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Anyone on thew coast path between Old Harry Rocks and Hengistbury Head should have some interesting views between Thursday 28 and Sunday 31 August.

Expect  a very crowded East Cliff  – between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers.

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment