Author Archives: Leigh Hatts

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.

Capability Brown at Highcliffe Castle

This is Capability Brown’s tercentenary year  so the main summer exhibition at Highcliffe Castle is devoted to the famous landscape garden designer. He was responsible for the first garden at Highcliffe. Lord Bute, briefly Prime Minister, was living at Luton … Continue reading

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Eddie Marriott’s Wellington Tower painting

Eddie Marriott’s lovely depiction of the Wellington Tower is a feature of Purbeck Art Weeks at Swanage. The tower was built to honour the Duke of Wellington, hero of the Battle of Waterloo, and first stood next to Southwark Cathedral … Continue reading

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Highcliffe huts: Sign the petition

The Friends of Highcliffe Beaches and Cliffs has a website. Those worried about the proposed TV beach huts can sign petition on the site.

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TV beach huts at Highcliffe: The protest grows

Enjoy the walk between Highcliffe Castle and Chewton Bunny now. By the autumn this lovely coast path cliff walk, starting at the bottom and then climbing to the top, will be pitted with very large ‘beach huts’. They will be … Continue reading

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Flog It! at Highcliffe Castle

Flog It! on BBC1 comes from Highcliffe Castle on Thursday afternoon 19 May. The broadcast starts at 4.30pm and the break in the middle promises a look around the castle’s salvage room. Another Flog It! programme from the castle on Friday 27 … Continue reading

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Cliff fall: Coast Path stays open

A serious cliff fall on Bournemouth’s East Cliff on Sunday morning has damaged not only the cliff lift but also closed the nearby zigzag. Now, as  precaution, the East Overcliff Drive has been closed to traffic. The road is closed except for access … Continue reading

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TV beach hut threat to Highcliffe

A plan for twelve beach huts to be dotted along the cliff between Highcliffe Castle and Chewton Bunny comes as a surprise. It is also causing concern. The scheme is promoted by the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces … Continue reading

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Best Places: Sandbanks and Southbourne

The Bournemouth Coast Path does well in The Times Great British Coast Guide. Beach View in Southbourne Overcliff Drive is ranked fourth in the 12 Great Houses by the Sea feature. It’s the Poole Bay view that wins but it … Continue reading

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John Keble 150th anniversary

Today, Easter Tuesday 2016, is the 150th anniversary of John Keble’s death in Bournemouth. See Bournemouth’s Who Was Who blog

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Southbourne-Mudeford: Summer ferry route open

With BST starting at Easter there will be a daily ferry service across the Christchurch Harbour entrance from Hengistbury Head to Mudeford. This is subject to weather conditions so check forecast this Easter weekend. If conditions are doubtful call 07968 334441.  

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