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    Coastal walk - Old Harry Rocks

    by queenpud Written Oct 13, 2007

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    Distance 3.5 miles
    From the car park of studland vilage walk down road past Bankes Arms pub, go
    left on the path signed Old Harry. Keep on this path looking out for the following
    1. The public house in Studland village
    2. Ancient coppice woodland such as Warren Wood and Studland Wood
    3. The famous chalk stalks, the outermost is Old Harry named after a pirate
    4. South side of Ballard Down, a wide range of chalk grassland flowers such
    as the wild thyme in spring and summer
    5. Glebeland Estate, an old church farmland
    At the end of the track turn right and walk along the road. When you see a wooden
    stile, take a left which leads you to the car park

    N.B. Some steep ascents/descents, not suitable for wheelchairs. Climbs are mostly gentle

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    When to Go

    by queenpud Written Oct 11, 2007

    Visit in spring, early summer or early autumn, when you should be guaranteed at least a few sunny days. The Coast Path's wild flowers are at their best between March and early June when the route is carpeted with semi-wild narcissi, hosts of golden daffodils, powder-blue quill and snowy white campion. The bluebells are at their best in May.

    England often have a sunny spring and autumn and it rains in summer

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    South West Coast Path

    by queenpud Written Oct 11, 2007

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    The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail, which at 630 miles would take a fit walker a whole six weeks to complete! but thousands every year walk some part of the clifftop path, which boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe.

    The path starts at Minehead in Somerset, following the North Devon coast, all the way around Cornwall, then along the South Devon and Dorset coasts. It is a very hilly route, climbing and descending 91,000 feet . The final 95-mile stretch between Orcombe Rocks in Exmouth and Studland Bay in Dorset is known as the "Jurassic Coast" for its precious fossil deposits, which date back 185 million years. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

    Always in view of the sea, the path was developed for coastguards to patrol every cove and beach on the crenellated English coast and so to keep smugglers from their profits.

    Other attractions of the path are the varied geological formations, from the dramatic chalk of Lulworth Cove in Dorset to the coastal waterfalls of the "Iron Coast" between Hartland Point (Devon) and Bude (Cornwall). Around Land's End is the Granite Coast, which is formed by castellated granite blocks unique on the English coastline. Near Bolt Head, Prawle and Start Points in South Devon, the sharp-topped ridges look like extinct dinosaurs crawling into the sea. Along the way, look out for a rich variety of sea birds and even the occasional peregrine falcon.

    durdle door Old Harry Rocks

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    Red Arrows

    by queenpud Written Oct 11, 2007

    Every August tens of thousands gathered along the clifftops to watch the The RAF's Red Arrows swoop along Bournemouth's seafront in their annual summer display. The magnificent red machines fly high over Bournemouth Pier twisting and turning, loop the loop, turn tricks in formation leaving their famous red, blue and white trails of smoke behind them.

    The Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, representing the excellence of RAF training, skills and equipment. Their motto is "Eclat", meaning "Brilliance", and they have been delighting crowds across Britain for 40 years.

    This years display was the 41st time the Red Arrows have flown over the town and is expected to raise money for Round Table Children's Wish. The charity helps to make dreams come true for young people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

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    Aboard the Dorset Belles

    by Gerrem Written May 22, 2006

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    The Dorset Belles have been a familiar sight around the Dorset coastal waters since 1975. Every year thousands of passengers enjoy a chartered cruise, and see the beauty of the coastline and local landmarks from a different angle.

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    If the weather is fine....

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

    Visit the Central park if the sun is out. There is a wealth of flora and a bridged stream runs through.

    You may also see the grey squirrels that live in the park and tout for apples etc. and then eat them right in front of you. I have found that squirrels are picky eaters. First they peel the apple with their teeth and eat the soft fruit and they discard the core!

    The park. Another view.
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    Bournemouth airport, or Hurn to others

    by LouiseTopp Updated Sep 21, 2005

    On the outskirts of Bournemouth is the airport, it’s not very big but it’s a good place to sit and watch the planes taking off. You can get flights to Ireland and the channel Islands, Also Ryan Air land here as have planes from British Airways. Near the terminal is the aviation museum which isn’t very big but well worth a visit.

    Open daily 29 March to October 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.00 pm), November to 28 March 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (last admission 3.00 pm).
    Admission is £5.00 Adults, £4.00 OAPs, £3.00 Children (under 5's free), £14.00 Family (two adults + children).
    You can look around the insides of planes and there’s lot’s of pictures showing all the different planes which have landed here, one of those is the Airbus. The planers date from 1950s and 1960s, the museum has the last existing airworthy de Havilland Sea Vixen. There is a hanger where the planes are services, when they test them the noise can be quite loud. There’s a picnic area where you can watch the planes take off, and there’s sometimes a chopper which comes in with trainee pilots. There’s a small shop next door for flying enthusiasts, you can get snacks from a fridge, there’s also a drinks vending machine.

    Concord has landed at Hurn as have other famous planes like the Tornado and Sea harrier. The grass by the picnic area has a mole problem, so wheelchairs might find it a bit rough.

    BAC 1-11 G-AVMN.  You can look round the inside Sea Vixen D.3 XP924 Gnat T.1 XR537 The logo Whats on offer at Bournemouth Airport
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    barbeque at Alum Chine

    by SORHUS Written Jul 18, 2005

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    one evening we pack our bags with food and headed for the beach for a bbq
    it was so nice and relaxing after all our driving the last days
    u cant bbq anywhere on the beach and its very important to clean up after one is done for the evening

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    Dance in the middle of a field!

    by gammo_go_lightly Written Jun 2, 2004

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    Once a year ravers from Bournemouth bomb up the M3 to Homelands - the southerm outdoor rave event that invades the once quiet respectable Winchester and infiltrates its once nightly (and slightly more freaky) residents into a field off the A31 for an all night extravaganza!

    People from all over the UK make their way down for the event that starts around lunchtime on the saturday of the bank holiday at the end of May, and throughout the course of the evening the casualties are driven back to town on the Homelands bus, with the final headcases not resting till way past dawn.

    Not for the feint of heart - Homelands is an opportunity to experience the cream of UK dance music and scream "hi mum!" at judge jules as his banging set plays live over radio one.

    Its not a cheap night... but for anyone too young to have dabbled at the free parties of days gone but young enough to still enjoy the sound of techno battering their ear drums whilst having enough energy to bang about not questioning the rain shower in the hot tents that keeps your rising body temperatures cool... then i'd give it ago.

    just remember that funfair rides do not come as recommended... well, at least they're not when you're whizzing around upside down stellared up to the eyeballs... realising that the salt you can taste on your lips might just have something to do with that "rain" coming off the tent's ceilings.... or has it?

    much fun :o)


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  • Deserted Promenade

    by reeka Written Nov 5, 2003

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    When you walk along the beach front you'll see rows upon rows of beachhuts, some look quite tatty really, but then there are those which look alright. The time of year when the photo was taken it was out of season, and harldy a soul is there. All the huts locked up.

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    New craze? Crazy crazy-golf

    by Broquers Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Is this the new British craze? Pub closing time had come and gone and after a night on the town we decided to walk home via the gardens in Bournemouth. We noticed that the crazy golf course was still floodlit, and paid less than £2 each to the lovely guys who operate the crazy golf course to let us have a round of golf. My pre-conception of crazy golf was of a blue rinse activity also popular with young families. Little did I expect to see so many people of my age having a complete laugh. we had an hilarious time trying to hit the balls into the holes and I'll be back again soon! Highly recommended activity post pub!

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    Cycling in the New Forest

    by Broquers Written Oct 26, 2003

    From Bournemouth it is easy to drive into the New Forest where you hire bikes and spend a day cycling around thebeautiful countryside, stopping off at a pub for lunch. Alternatively you can go horseriding which I'm planning for my next weekend there!

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    Flowers in bloom

    by juliealdous Written Sep 21, 2003

    Bournemouth Gardens is a must when visiting Bournemouth.There is lots to do and see the flowers are marvalous and in the summer months they have shows on for the children.There is also a selection of icecream huts along the way as you walk through the gardens,which leads down to the pier and beach prommanade.

    Bournemouth gardens
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    by rachlesutherst Written Jun 1, 2003

    Elements night club was built in 2000, and it can hold up to 2300 people. It plays a combination of hip hop and rnb downstairs, Dance and Feel good tunes upstaires, and in it neighbouring bar they play a mixture of mainly funky rnb tunes. Its a great night out, and is a perfect end to the night after drinking in the many bars in the centre of twon.

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    Bournemouth Seaside

    by ligaya Updated Jul 30, 2011

    I love the big seaside area of Bournemouth. It has an amazing view from the restaurant and hotel up in the hill.

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