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.

Barton-on-Sea’s Indian Memorial: The 2022 July anniversary

The annual gathering for a ceremony at Barton-on-Sea’s Indian Memorial is on Sunday 10 July at 2pm. This will be 105th anniversary of the dedication in 1917. During the First World War the clifftop Barton Court Hotel was turned into … Continue reading

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Shelley 200: Poet’s heart at Boscombe

This month sees the two hundredth anniversary of Percy B Shelley’s death off the coast of Italy. It is difficult to say when the exact anniversary is. Shelley died in a storm late on the night of Monday 8 July … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle to Chewton Bunny

Wednesday was the hottest day this week but the coast at Highcliffe remained pleasant and uncrowded. Highcliffe Castle is open to the public Sunday to Thursday. The castle’s tea room with outdoor seating is open daily 10am to 4pm.

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Mr Justice Maxell centenary

An important feature of Branksome Chine was the sea-view Branksome Tower Hotel on the eastern bank. It was built in 1858 as a private house and became a hotel in 1892. The many famous guests included the prolific author Edgar … Continue reading

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Canford Cliffs flowers

Today was surprisingly misty with spots of rain this morning. But the new growth by the Canford Cliffs path was bright.

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Savoy rebranded as The Nici

The Savoy Hotel on Bournemouth’s West Cliff has been refurbished and rebranded as The Nici. Past guests at the old Savoy include the American monk, mystic and author Thomas Merton (1915-1968) who got to know the clifftop well. As a … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Waters at Mudeford

Sunday being Rogation Sunday, four days before Ascension Day, it was time for the annual Blessing of the Waters at Mudeford Quay. Rogation is a time for walking the fields and blessing the coming crops. But on the coast the … Continue reading

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Hurst Castle on international danger list

Hurst Castle is one of the world’s 25 most significant heritage sites in need of immediate attention says the World Monuments Watch. The 2022 World Monuments Watch calls attention to Hurst Castle as a warning about the future fate of … Continue reading

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Old Harry and coast path on Country Life cover?

This week’s Country Life has a superb cover picture of Old Harry Rocks. It is an image of ‘This sceptre’s isle’. The point is named after the 15th-century Poole pirate Harry Paye although also known as Handfast Point. Numerous ships … Continue reading

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New Hythe Ferry book

A new book on the Hythe Ferry pier railway will be of interest to those who walk the coast path. Continue east beyond the Bournemouth Coast Path and all it embraces and after Milford-on-Sea you find yourself on the Solent … Continue reading

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