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.

Alan Cobham’s legacy goes to US

The news at the start of this Christmas holiday is that the government is allowing Cobham to being taken over by a US firm Advent International. Lady Cobham is opposed to this with the family claiming that the announcement was … Continue reading

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No cliff lift!

The Bournemouth Civic Society’s latest newsletter reports that the East Cliff’s cliff lift will not be restored and reopened. “It is virtually impossible for the former East Cliff Lift to be reinstated…” says the newsletter. The decision is described as … Continue reading

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Hengistbury Head carols at St Nicholas’s

The Hengistbury Head Nautical Carol Service will be at St Nicholas Church on Monday 16 December at 7pm. At this gathering of coastal lovers expect a nautical version of the Twelve Days of Christmas devised by some of the Watchkeepers … Continue reading

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Sir Percy Shellley’s 200th birthday

Sir Percy Shelley, son of the poet Percy and writer Mary, was born 200 years ago today. His second name is Florence because Mary Shelley gave birth to her son in Florence. Exactly thirty years later ‘young Percy’ bought the … Continue reading

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Lib Dem ‘Brexit conference’ on coast path

This weekend the Brexit crisis focus is moving from Westminster and Brussels to the Bournemouth International Centre beside the coast path. The Liberal Democrat party conference is at Bournemouth’s BIC from Saturday 14 September to the following Tuesday. Brexit is … Continue reading

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Richard Watkin’s Dorset coast views

An Artist’s View of Jurassic Dorset is a charming book looking at the Dorset coast from Lyme Regis to Sandbanks Ferry. Each of the thirty poster style paintings by Richard Watkin is accompanied by a description of the scene and … Continue reading

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NAISH FARM PATH ROW

The coast path between Chewton Bunny and Barton-on-Sea has been in daily use by walkers for many years. Indeed some might say that it should have been claimed as a public right of way since the cliff has been walked … Continue reading

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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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