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.

Bournemouth offshore wind farm: Public hearing

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Hordle Old Church annual service

This Sunday 24 August, St Bartholomew’s Day, sees the annual Festival Service & Picnic at the Old Churchyard adjacent to Hordle Manor Farm. The start time is 5pm with the service following at 6pm. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry operating

Sandbanks Ferry is operating normally today following the chain break earlier this week.

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Sandbanks Ferry out of action

Sandbanks Ferry appears to have a broken chain and is not running today. The Daily Echo has an unpdate.

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Southbourne’s Bistro on the Beach in top ten

Britain’s 20 best beach restaurants in The Times today includes Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne. “Former Claridge’s head chef Mario Lesnik is serving up dishes worthy of his alma mater on the prom in Bournemouth at this smart but … Continue reading

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‘Most people’ against Navitus wind farm

Formal registered opinions on the proposed Navitus wind farm off the Bournemouth coast indicate that the majority is opposed. Dorset green groups including Dorset Friends of the Earth are in favour of the scheme but many others are concerned about … Continue reading

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