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A Glorious Afternoon on Hengistbury Head

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Late afternoon from Southbourne Beach to Hengistbury Head and back again.

Hengistbury Head and the Alum Bay and the Needles on the Isle of Wight

As we start to make our way along Southbourne Beach we have a fine view of our goal, Hengistbury Head on the left and Alum Bay and the Needles on the Isle of Wight behind it. The bright white cliff face is Scratchells Bay on the other side of the Needles.

Over the groynes, a closer view of the Isle of Wight

Over the groynes, a closer view of the Isle of Wight. I didn’t notice the guys playing with a football when I took the photo, I know they have wet suits on and the sun is shining, but it must have been very cold in that sea!

A very fine sandcastle abandoned on the beach

A very fine sandcastle abandoned on the beach.

Bolts on the wooden walkway down to the rock groyne

Bolts on the wooden walkway down to the rock groyne. A lot of them!

The rocks on the groyne are covered in seaweed and when viewed from certain angles look more like mountains

The rocks on the groyne are covered in seaweed and when viewed from certain angles look more like mountains. There’s a lovely ridge walk up to a summit…

Seaweed on rocks

…and there’s the next summit over the ridge.

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight – getting closer all the time.

The dune grass at the top of the beach demonstrates how windy it is today

The dune grass at the top of the beach demonstrates how windy it is today.

Hengistbury Head Iron Age Entrance

As we reach the foot of Hengistbury Head, the first of a series of signs instructs us about the amazing history of this very special area. We approach from the double dykes that were constructed in the Iron Age. Hengistbury Head has been inhabited for 10,000 years and has a fascinating history. Visit http://www.hengistbury-head.co.uk/ to find out more.

Hengistbury Head SSSI sign

Hengistbury Head is also an SSSI.

Hengistbury Head, Harry and the Isle of Wight

Harry in front of the Head and the Isle of Wight. Harry is wearing his frisbee, the only way to stop him constantly wanting to play with it is when he can’t see it. He needs to rest sometimes despite what he thinks!

An early furry caterpillar

An early furry caterpillar.

Christchurch Priory over Grimbury Marsh

Christchurch Priory over Grimbury Marsh.

Hengistbury Head history information board

Further information boards on the Head itself detail the history of mans occupation of the headland, the quarry workings and the wildlife that can be seen.

Beach huts on Mudeford Spit

Beach Huts on Mudeford Spit, the sand bar that forms part of the entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

The remains of the upper ironstone dogger quarry is now a lake

The remains of the upper ironstone dogger quarry is now a lake.

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Having walked over the Head, we drop down the other side to the edge of Mudeford Spit and look at the colourful beach huts from a different aspect.

Christchurch Priory over the reeds and grasses

Christchurch Priory over the reeds and grasses.

Grass heads in the evening light

Grass heads in the evening light.

Back on the beach again, the setting sun behind the groyne end

Back on the beach again, the setting sun behind the groyne end…

Setting sun over the gentle waves

…and over the gentle waves lapping the beach.

The Bournemouth Eye rising against an orange sky

The Bournemouth Eye rising against an orange sky.

Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight in the twilight

Looking back to that earlier view of Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight now in the twilight.

The long rock groyne

The long rock groyne.

Southbourne beach huts

A last look at the Southbourne beach huts.


One Response to “A Glorious Afternoon on Hengistbury Head”

  1. Dave Kelly Says:

    Hi.

    What great photographs. You have a real talent for composition. I’ve only seen the latest ones so I’m going to take my time looking through the rest.

    Keep them coming!

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