West Cliff path re-opens

The West Cliff path leading down to Bournemouth’s Pier Approach has re-opened following the Labour Party Conference.

During the last six days, the Highcliff Hotel has been packed with ministers and media whilst the land train, usually only seen in summer, has been carrying delegates up and down the slope between the hotel and the conference centre below. The many TV satellite dish vans have also gone.

The coast looked magnificent during conference week with low mist over the Purbeck beaches on Saturday and sun on other days. One evening the Christchurch Bay coast could be seen lit by sun behind Hengistbury Head which was in shadow. Pictures have been a good advertisement for the Bournemouth Coast Path. What a pity the Ramblers’ Association did not have its usual fringe meeting this year.

Next year the Liberals will be a the same Bournemouth conference centre but security is unlikely to be so massive for an opposition party.

See pages 30-33.

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.
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