We came home on Saturday morning after 9 nights away. 2 at my sister's on the Somerset-Dorset border and 7 on the coast east of Bournemouth. Last year we'd had a few days based in central Bournemouth (London on Sea - and not the good bits) and cycled up to Mudeford Spit by Hengistbury head). But we didn't go up on the head itself.
On late Friday afternoon the Margravina and I went for a stroll eastwards along the prom, and kept going, beyond where the prom ended. We'd originally intended to turn back at the end of the prom but decided on the spur to keep going. Initially it looked like it would rain, but we were in. 'what the heck mood'. And as ever with spontaneous walks, it turned into a belter. Here are some snaps taken along the way.
|Looking easst heading down the cliff at Southbourne|
|Looking east. Isle of Wight in the background. The Needles are the tiny 'bumps' to the right of the white cliff.|
|Looking across to Christchurch|
|Just about visible, due south of Bournemouth, a 4-master|
|This had me fooled until I got close up. It's a 2 metre tall model of the rock strata. Sadly there's no sign explaining what all the layers are.|
|Walking up the path to the top of the head.|
|Looking back west across the bay|
|Near the top of the head, looking east. The water in the middle ground is Christchurch Harbour, a tidal estuary with a very narrow mouth to the left of the sand spit (Mudeford Spit).|
|View down to Mudeford Spit. Those structures are wooden beach huts (about 2m by 3m).|
|Quarry Pond. As its name suggests. Looks tempting.|
|Another view towards Christchurch. I have no idea wha the hill is on the right. it looks like a site for a hill fort.|
|Looking back up Quarry Pond|
|Down the ridge to Christchurch Harbour.|
|Looks calm but we tried kayaking on this a couple of days before (to be fair in windier weather) and it was flipping hard work.|
|The rampart and ditch were clearly large, even after 2500 years. The wooden beam is about 2 metres high.|
Suffice to say, we were gobsmacked. Every direction that we looked was pleasing to say the least. And so close to London. I think we'll be going back.