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.

Breakfast TV on Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth coast will be seen live on ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain tomorrow Thursday 2 April. Andi Peters and Laura Tobin will on the promenade just west of the Pier between 6am and 8.30am. The bad news is that … Continue reading

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Sea search from Old Harry to Swanage

This morning walkers from Studland to Swanage will see the Swanage lifeboat joining in a search along the coast for a missing woman.

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Mudeford: Sand pumping concern

Christchurch Council will today consider pumping sand from the Mudeford Sandspit to Avon Beach. Sand levels have fallen following the severe storm a year ago. However, Christchurch Harbour Association and Mudeford & District Fisherman’s Association both fear that the navigable … Continue reading

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Highcliffe-Lymington Sunday coastal buses reinstated

Wilts & Dorset buses, now called Morebus, has agreed to reinstate the coastal routes X1 and X2 on Sundays from the end of May. Last month the Sunday bus services between Highcliffe and Lymington via Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea were axed. However, … Continue reading

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John Singer Sargent’s Bournemouth paintings on show

Walkers crossing the Alum Chine suspension bridge are often tempted to drop down and walk up the ravine to see the remains of Robert Louis Stevenson’s house.  His wife Fanny treated the chine as part of her garden. The artist John … Continue reading

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Lucy Kemp-Welch’s ‘Parkstone’ Foam Horses

The painting Foam Horses by Lucy Kemp-Welch on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery has an interesting caption. The note next to the 1896 painting suggests that the three horses battling with sea waves was inspired by the sight of … Continue reading

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Sunday coastal buses axed

Wilts & Dorset buses has rebranded itself More although fewer buses are now operated. From this Sunday 4 January 2015 there will be no Sunday coastal bus services in Highcliffe, Barton-on-Sea or Milford-on-Sea. Also hit will be weekday afternoon buses, … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry to reopen for Christmas

Sandbanks Ferry is suspended for its annual overhaul. The service is expected to return on Thursday 18 December.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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