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.

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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Rick Stein opening in Sandbanks this month

Rick Stein is opening his new restaurant in Sandbanks at lunchtime on Saturday 28 November. He promises “a casual lunch with classic dishes”. Cod and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce will be £16.50. This addition to Sandbanks could … Continue reading

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Bournemouth Pier architect Elisabeth Scott in new passport

The new British passport is to feature Bournemouth architect Elisabeth Scott across two of its visa pages. The design includes both her famous work, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, and Bournemouth Pier theatre. There is also a rare portrait … Continue reading

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Wind Farm plan now abandoned

The plan for a wind farm in the sea near Bournemouth is now dead. Following the rejection of the plan by the Secretary of State in September it has now been confirmed by the Navitus applicants that there will not … Continue reading

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Sun out for Greens at Bournemouth

Tim Farron walked down the coast path to deliver his leader’s speech to the Liberal Democrat Conference at Bournemouth’s BIC last Wednesday. Now the Green Party has taken over the BIC for its conference and new delegates will be out … Continue reading

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Arthur Bell’s Delft tiles

News in the Bournemouth Daily Echo and national papers that Delft tiles have been found during a house demolition in Southbourne is  a surprise. If you are walking the coast path today you might just catch the last of the … Continue reading

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Bournemouth coast on TV

Look out for lots of lovely shots of the Bournemouth cliffs and sea on TV news during the Liberal Democrat conference this week. The correct name for the bay is Poole Bay which is interesting considering that young Bournemouth and ancient … Continue reading

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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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