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.

Sandbanks Ferry to reopen for Christmas

Sandbanks Ferry is suspended for its annual overhaul. The service is expected to return on Thursday 18 December.

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Cliff fall at Branksome Dene Chine

There has been an unexpected cliff fall on the western side of Branksome Dene Chine. Part of a lawn dropped into the car park below. The grass belongs to a residence near to View Point House where Max Bygraves lived for … Continue reading

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Shelley Park: Florence Gibson portrait

A rare portrait of Florence Gibson who was brought up at Shelley Park by Sir Percy and Lady Shelley is to be auctioned at Bonham’s in London. It may have been painted at the house with the Boscombe sea view … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry open on Monday 3 November

Sandbanks Ferry will cease operating for its annual refit on Tuesday 4 November. This is a day later than announced. Monday’s weather will not now be good enough for the vessel to be towed to Southampton.

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Sandbanks Ferry: Annual closure

Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action for most of November for its annual refit. The ferry will run during the weekend 1-2 November but from Monday 3 November there will be no service. Closure could last for six weeks. During … Continue reading

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Bournemouth offshore wind farm: Public hearing

The Planning Inspectorate held its main hearing for the Navitus Bay wind farm proposal at the BIC in Bournemouth yesterday (14 Oct). Most of those giving evidence were opposed to the scheme which would place the world’s largest wind farm … Continue reading

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Hordle’s cliff-top burial ground could reopen

Hordle Church was moved inland in 1829 ago but it seems that its graveyard containing the bodies of shipwrecked sailors may be reopened for new burials. This is because the All Saints graveyard in Hordle village is now full and may … Continue reading

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Best pubs at each end of coast path

It is interesting to see which which pubs along the coast have made it into CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2015. At Swanage it is The Ship Inn, just back from the little seafront piazza with its fish shops. No more … Continue reading

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Purbeck House Hotel welcomes walkers

Purbeck House Hotel in Swanage has an advertisment in the Ramblers’ Walk magazine. Walkers are welcome. The hotel was built as the home of George Burt who worked with his uncle John Mowlem on many London buildings. Burt’s garden is littered … Continue reading

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Bournemouth Air Festival 28-31 August 2014

The Royal Marines have abseiled down Bournemouth’s Highcliff Hotel on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival. Anyone on thew coast path between Old Harry Rocks and Hengistbury Head should have some interesting views between Thursday 28 and Sunday 31 August. … Continue reading

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