New cafe at Milford-on-Sea

A new cafe has opened on the green in Milford-on-Sea.

The maybe confusing name of Hurst on the Hill is the result of the venture being run by former Hurst Castle keeper Jason Crane and former castle chefs Jesse Wells and Alex Cummings.

Jason’s grandfather was an earlier keeper and his uncle was lighthouse keeper.

The new venture claims to be a cafe with realistic prices. Sadly not yet open at teatime but obviously a possible stop for breakfast or lunch.

Hurst on the Hill is next to the butcher at 4 Church Hill SO41 0QH; open daily 9am-4.30pm.

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High buildings plan for Sandbanks

Poole Harbour will have a twenty storey block of flats at its entrance if a planning application is successful.

The proposal to replace the Haven Hotel next to Sandbanks Ferry by the tower block is being submitted to Poole Council early next year.

The Haven Hotel, which is now owned by FJB Hotels, dates from 1887. Twelve years later Guglielmo Marconi transmitted some of the first wireless messages from the building.

FJB Hotels also wishes to redevelop the nearby Sandbanks Hotel just below Poole Head and at the start of the Sandbanks peninsula.

The images published in the Bournemouth Daily Echo suggest that the proposed replacement building would look like London’s City Hall.

The Sandbanks Hotel at present incorporates the late 19th-century Sand Acres which was the beach house of Edwina Mountbatten’s grandfather Sir Ernest Cassel.

Building was slow in Victorian times due to a fear that the sea might break through the sandbank. This year’s flooding in Shore Road is a reminder of the rising sea level which could leave Sandbanks under water sometime in the next century. Sea defences are already being abandoned at Studland.

The two planned buildings, both by architect Bradley Cheer of ARC Architects at Christchurch, will raise questions about a precedent for taller buildings on the coast and the impact on views from Poole Bay, Poole Harbour, Studland and Shell Bay.




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Sandbanks Ferry is back

Sandbanks Ferry is operating again from Tuesday 22 November after an annual refit which has only taken two weeks.

This year the work was a undertaken at Poole rather than Southampton.

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Hordle Path still closed

The New Milton Advertiser today reports that the  ‘path closed’ notices on the coast path each side of Hordle Manor Farm have been removed.

Hampshire County Council confirms that the path remains closed due to erosion.

Although the footpath down Taddiford Gap to the sea is open there is at present no public coast footpath to Milford-on-Sea cliff.

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Sandbanks Ferry: November refit

Sandbanks Ferry will not be operating from Monday 7 November to allow for the 23 year old vessel Bramble Bush Bay to have its annual refit.

This year the work is being undertaken at Poole rather than Southampton so the closure should only last about three weeks.

Bournemouth-Swanage bus route 50 will have a special timetable for a Bournemouth-Studland service via Swanage.

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Keyhaven Lamb

The New Forest Food & Drink Festival touches the coast path so this is the moment to mention the existence of rare Keyhaven Lamb.

As part of the festival, Aubrey Farm at Keyhaven will be open this Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November 9.30am-3pm. Its shop, known as Lisa’s Larder, will be having one of its occasional openings.

Keyhaven Lamb, like Romney Salt Marsh Lamb in Kent, has a spacial taste enhanced by the sea salt in the grass. You can sometimes see the sheep grazing near Sturt Pond at the start of the Hurst Spit.

This Friday and Saturday there will be a  lamb dish (£4.95) available to enjoy in the marquee from noon.

Keyhaven is just beyond Milford-on-Sea.

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Mudeford Ferry: Winter weekends only

With the return to GMT, Mudeford Ferry is now operating weekends only 10am-4pm   weather permitting.

The winter coast path route is via Tuckton Bridge and Stanpit. Wick Ferry is running when the flag is flying but there is no daily service in winter.

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Hythe Ferry

Hythe Ferry which runs across Southampton Water from Hythe to Southampton is a link on the Solent Way.

The Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Solent Way is the eastward continuation of the Bournemouth Coast Path and Christchurch Coastal Path.

Suddenly the future of Hythe Ferry is under threat with news that White Horse Ferries, which has run the service for 25 years, finds the service to be no longer viable.

The ferry has been running since at least Tudor times. A railway for foot passengers has operated on Hythe Pier, built in 1897, since 1909.

A Hythe Pier & Ferry Group has been formed to explore ways to maintain a service.

A petition has been launched to gauge support.

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Highcliffe: An incredible piece of coastline says professor

Bournemouth University’s Professor Vincent May, an expert in coastal conservation, has advised Christchurch Council to leave Highcliffe coast alone.

“It is because we’re keeping it as it is and maintaining it, that people are able to enjoy it,” Professor May told a council scrutiny committee.

“It is something which stands out as different from the rest of the coast; making use of the fact that it is an incredible and attractive and unchanging piece of the coastline.”

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Studland’s Middle Beach

The National Trust is keeping Studland’s Middle Beach Cafe open until at least October next year 2017.

Its future is uncertain due to the Trust’s policy of not renewing sea defences but when closure becomes inevitable the plan is to open a new cafe with toilets nearby.

The cafe is the first stop on the coast path after Studland village to reach Sandbanks.

The NT has come under huge fire from beach hut owners and visitors.

Dialogue is ongoing with regular visitors and Studland Parish Council.

The policy of non-intervention can be seen on the Isle of Wight’s southern coast where the NT is planning decades ahead for when the sea beaches the Military Road.

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