Hengistbury Head

Most Januarys we take a trip down to Hengistbury Head. It’s a place that offers a good range of scenery in quite a small area plus a couple of cafes if you need to wet your whistle. And out of season you can park all day for £1.50 which seems pretty reasonable.


There’s the sandy headland and the beach. We were not alone but it isn’t that crowded.

A view over Christchurch Harbour. The Run is the fast moving exit of the River Avon, between the black buildings. They are miles apart for walkers – 50 yards or so across the estuary.



Looking down from Hengistbury Head to the groyne at the very end of the headland. Beyond we can see the Isle of Wight and The Needles.

The beach hut spit, looking towards The Run.


These beach huts are expensive bits of real estate. If you want to buy one don’t expect any change out of £100 000 and you’ll probably have to pay more. For that you get a hut with permission to stay there and access to water and toilets. Access is by foot from the car park (or on the land train) or by ferry across from Mudeford. Cars are not allowed.

People do not frighten away birds. These are, I believe, turnstones.



And so, too, was the drink of hot chocolate, back at the car park.




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