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.

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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England Coast Path consultation dates

Natural England is working on plans for a long distance coastal walking route called the England Coast Path which is being established as a result of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. A number of drop-in sessions have been … Continue reading

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Pennington salt marshes on TV

Inside Out South on BBC1 has visited the Pennington Marshes and looked at salt boiling houses at Moses Dock. It is the third item in the programme broadcast on Monday 22 February and available on iplayer for a month.

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Dolphin found at Chewton Bunny

A dead dolphin, seen briefly on Highcliffe beach on Tuesday, was washed up again just west of Chewton Bunny early on Thursday. . Christchurch Council said that it weighed 88kg and was about two years old. Any further dolphins found … Continue reading

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‘Mr Selfridge’ at Highcliffe Castle

Gordon Selfridge will be depicted taking part in a tense family discussion at Highcliffe Castle in the second episode of ITV’s Mr Selfridge this Friday 15 January at 9pm. The year is 1928 which is a bit late as Selfridge had left … Continue reading

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Coast Path improvement plan for Chewton Bunny

Just before the floods, Rural Minister Rory Stewart found time to speak about progress on the England Coast Path. Work on making this a reality begun last autumn with Natural England looking at the stretch between Chewton Bunny and Calshot. As … Continue reading

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