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: No service for a month

Sandbanks Ferry is out of action and no service is expected until Monday 12 August at the earliest. This surprise news follows a difficult winter for people living on the Isle of Purbeck when the annual November closure lasted into … Continue reading

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Admiral Cornwallis remembered at Milford-on-Sea

Admiral William Cornwallis gave his fortune, house and name to a dynasty which included royalty and Churchill. On Friday 5 July the seaside village of Milford-on-Sea will be marking the 200th anniversary of his death with a church service, window … Continue reading

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Foreign Secretary on Coast Path

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was on the Bournemouth Coast Path early yesterday looking at the view, giving an interview, posing for photographs by the pier and buying the first ice cream of the day. Few recognised him as he walked … Continue reading

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Royal visit to Highcliffe Castle

The Duke of Gloucester is visiting Highcliffe Castle on Thursday morning 30 May. His Royal Highness, an architect, has paid several visits to Highcliffe Castle and has long taken an interest in its restoration. Afterwards the Duke will be on … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle zig-zag opens as furniture arrives

Highcliffe Castle is preparing to welcome the Duke of Gloucester who will re-open the zig-zag, a vital part of the Christchurch Coastal Path, and open part of the castle never seen before. HRH is due to visit on Thursday 30 … Continue reading

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Cliff erosion at Hordle

The cliff erosion between Barton-on-Sea and Milford cliffs means that the coast path is now a permissive path. The line of right of way has fallen into the sea with a route now being open only thanks to landowners allowing … Continue reading

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E9 path: more coast

If you walk east along the Bournemouth Coast Path and keep going you get to Brittany. This is because the BCP is part of the E9 which links at Dover with France leading down to Spain and Portugal. Or you … Continue reading

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Sandbanks Ferry not operating

Walkers should note that the annual November closure of the Sandbanks ferry service has lasted much longer than is usual. The ferry is not operating A resumption of the service cannot now be expected until shortly before Christmas.

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Lucinda Lambton in Bournemouth

Lucinda Lambton has been on Bournemouth’s East Cliff to visit the Russell-Côtes Art Gallery & Museum. Her account appears in the January’s issue of The Oldie which is arriving in shops now. In the magazine she describes the building, once home … Continue reading

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Bournemouth Coast Path guide offer

Black Friday starts earlier and lasts longer in the UK than USA! But the good news is that Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path guide can be obtained  for just £5.99 – a saving of £2. The publisher’s offer on the … Continue reading

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