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.

Hampshire Pevsner at last!

“It’s been along wait,” said the bookseller as he laid the Hampshire: South volume of Buildings of England on the counter. It has. The last edition was fifty years ago. Since the new book, a Pevsner Architectural Guide,  retains the … Continue reading

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Dorset Life: Shelley Theatre feature

The September issue of Dorset Life has a feature on the Shelley Theatre at Shelley Park. Shelley Park at Boscombe is the clifftop house bought by Percy B Shelley’s son for his  famous mother Mary. She died just before she … Continue reading

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Christchurch Coastal Path: Avon Beach Diversion

The closure of the ramp at the end of the cliff top path above Avon Beach means that walkers should stay on the promenade between Mudeford and Steamer Point. The Daily Echo has the full story.

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Barton to Taddiford Gap path

During the past year there has been uncertainty about the coast path east of Barton-on-Sea. In May last year it was closed due to a cliff fall. This summer it is now open again. The first section from Barton-on-Sea cliff … Continue reading

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Alum Chine suspension bridge poem

The suspension bridge in Alum Chine is mentioned in Cyril Connolly’s The Unquiet Grave. He stayed in nearby Branksome Chine and walked across the ‘quivering planks’. So it is interesting to read in a new book by Hugh Ashley, In … Continue reading

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Barton-on-Sea WW1 memorial ceremony

Expect to find quiet Barton-on-Sea slightly a little more crowded than usual on Tuesday 10 July. It will be 101 years since a monument was erected at Barton-on-Sea to recall the WW1 Convalescent Depot. The centenary last year passed with … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle open again

Highcliffe Castle is now open again following the winter closure. The hours are Sunday to Thursday 10:30am–5pm. Friday and Saturday opening times can vary if there is  a wedding. Admission £2.50. Coast walkers can pass through the grounds free from 7am … Continue reading

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Cherry Tree Walk blossom

There is a little blossom at the west end of Cherry Tree Walk on the West Cliff. Lots of buds are on other trees although some half way along, where there is high ground, have been hit by the recent … Continue reading

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England Coast Path: Christchurch Bay proposals

The England Coast Path proposals for Highcliffe to Calshot have now been published. The ECP is a government initiative to create a continuous coastal path round England. The Natural England report for Highcliffe to Calshot states that its recommendations generally … Continue reading

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Studland & Boscombe have ‘top beaches’

The coast path in Dorset has two of the top 30 beaches says The Times. Studland Bay is number 12 with its “gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and across to the Isle of Wight”. More … Continue reading

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