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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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Armistice at Highcliffe 1918

On Armistice Day a century ago today Highcliffe had lost 36 men in the Great War. In 1918 Highcliffe Castle was home to Gordon Selfridge of Oxford Street store fame. The locals had seen the recreation ground occupied by the … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Castle zig zag work dates

Work on the Highciffe Castle zig zag path is due too start next Monday. The path, a vital link on the coast path, is has been closed for some time. The work should be completed in time for an opening … Continue reading

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Hampshire Pevsner at last!

“It’s been along wait,” said the bookseller as he laid the Hampshire: South volume of Buildings of England on the counter. It has. The last edition was fifty years ago. Since the new book, a Pevsner Architectural Guide,  retains the … Continue reading

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Dorset Life: Shelley Theatre feature

The September issue of Dorset Life has a feature on the Shelley Theatre at Shelley Park. Shelley Park at Boscombe is the clifftop house bought by Percy B Shelley’s son for his  famous mother Mary. She died just before she … Continue reading

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