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.

New cafe at Milford-on-Sea

A new cafe has opened on the green in Milford-on-Sea. The maybe confusing name of Hurst on the Hill is the result of the venture being run by former Hurst Castle keeper Jason Crane and former castle chefs Jesse Wells … Continue reading

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High buildings plan for Sandbanks

Poole Harbour will have a twenty storey block of flats at its entrance if a planning application is successful. The proposal to replace the Haven Hotel next to Sandbanks Ferry by the tower block is being submitted to Poole Council … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry is back

Sandbanks Ferry is operating again from Tuesday 22 November after an annual refit which has only taken two weeks. This year the work was a undertaken at Poole rather than Southampton.

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Hordle Path still closed

The New Milton Advertiser today reports that the  ‘path closed’ notices on the coast path each side of Hordle Manor Farm have been removed. Hampshire County Council confirms that the path remains closed due to erosion. Although the footpath down … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry: November refit

Sandbanks Ferry will not be operating from Monday 7 November to allow for the 23 year old vessel Bramble Bush Bay to have its annual refit. This year the work is being undertaken at Poole rather than Southampton so the … Continue reading

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Keyhaven Lamb

The New Forest Food & Drink Festival touches the coast path so this is the moment to mention the existence of rare Keyhaven Lamb. As part of the festival, Aubrey Farm at Keyhaven will be open this Friday 4 November and … Continue reading

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Mudeford Ferry: Winter weekends only

With the return to GMT, Mudeford Ferry is now operating weekends only 10am-4pm   weather permitting. The winter coast path route is via Tuckton Bridge and Stanpit. Wick Ferry is running when the flag is flying but there is no daily service in winter.

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Hythe Ferry

Hythe Ferry which runs across Southampton Water from Hythe to Southampton is a link on the Solent Way. The Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Solent Way is the eastward continuation of the Bournemouth Coast Path and Christchurch Coastal Path. Suddenly the future … Continue reading

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Highcliffe: An incredible piece of coastline says professor

Bournemouth University’s Professor Vincent May, an expert in coastal conservation, has advised Christchurch Council to leave Highcliffe coast alone. “It is because we’re keeping it as it is and maintaining it, that people are able to enjoy it,” Professor May … Continue reading

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Studland’s Middle Beach

The National Trust is keeping Studland’s Middle Beach Cafe open until at least October next year 2017. Its future is uncertain due to the Trust’s policy of not renewing sea defences but when closure becomes inevitable the plan is to … Continue reading

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