Goats at Boscombe and maybe a wind farm

I spent Easter Bank Holiday Monday morning on the path walking slowly between the Bournemouth cliff lift and Boscombe.

It was a fantastic day and I thought of both Disraeli and Henry James writing about the fantastic view of the Isle of Wight. The view is unchanged in over a century and a half even if the cliffs have new buildings.

At Honeycomb Chine I was sorry to see the view blocked by the rising Barrett Homes building in the chine itself. Not many flats sold yet.

The developers are part funding six goats to roam on the cliff to the east. I was surprised to see how small the fenced area is. And I did not see even one goat. There is a record of sheep being on the Boscombe clifftop in the 1790s so it’s interesting to have the goats.

Not so welcome are the massive works on the beach for the controversial surfing area.

I suggested that at least the view is unchanged. Maybe not for long. Last week Bournemouth Council held at meeting to discuss a wind farm in the bay near the Isle of Wight.

See page 44.

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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