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.

Coast views in Leslie Ward book

Those who missed the recent Leslie Ward exhibition at the St Barbe Museum in Lymington will enjoy the catalogue which has been published as stand alone book. An English Idyll: Leslie Moffat Ward: Paintings and Prints (Sansom £15) has many … Continue reading

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New Bournemouth Tourist Information on coast path

Bournemouth’s tourist information centre opened today at the Pier Approach. It is on the coast path and open daily including Sunday with longer hours from next month. This is now the handy point for finding advice on an overnight stay including … Continue reading

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Dredging at Mudeford

Excavation machines are being seen dredging just at Mudeford to replenish the sandy beaches. This follows concerns about the plan which has been slightly changed.  

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‘Mr Selfridge’ filming at Highcliffe Castle

Filming has taken place at Highcliffe Castle for the fourth series of ITV’s Mr Selfridge. Next year is the centenary of Gordon Selfridge taking up residence at the castle. It was the middle of the Great War and his wife … Continue reading

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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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