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 Air Festival

The Bournemouth Air Festival is this week from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 August. The Bournemouth Daily Echo says the best places to watch the displays include the West Cliff and Hengistbury Head on the coast path. The Red Arrows start … Continue reading

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Milford-on-Sea beach hut consultation in August

It’s a year and a half since the St Valentine’s Night storm damaged the Milford-on-Sea promenade and beach huts. The delay in replacing the huts had become a controversial issue. Now New Forest District Council has appointed engineers and architects … Continue reading

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Rick Stein opening Sandbanks restaurant

Rick Stein launches his new TV series From Venice to Istanbul on BBC2 tonight at 9.30pm. In the autumn he launches his new restaurant in Sandbanks. The Rick Stein restaurant, on the former Cafe Shore site in Banks Road, will … Continue reading

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War defences exposed at Hordle

Unusually low tides around Thursday 13 August should allow New Forest District Council  to be able to remove war defences from Hordle Beach. The deeply buried ‘scaffolding’ poles were placed below the tide line in 1940 to deter German invaders. … Continue reading

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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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