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Hengistbury Head - View from Top

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Hengistbury Head - View from Top - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama was taken from the top of Hengistbury Head on a clear day. From here you can see all the way back down the coastline to Bournemouth. There is also a fantastic view over Christchurch Harbour. Off the end of Hengistbury Head, on a clear day such as this, you can see all the way over to the Isle of Wight.

Hengistbury Head - View from Top - FURTHER INFORMATION

Hengistbury Head - View from Top - Christchurch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Hengistbury Head - View from Top' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.

Hengistbury Head is an important, ancient, coastal site and popular tourist attraction near to Christchurch and Bournemouth in Dorset, England. The headland encloses the southern part of Christchurch Harbour and a beach spit then extends towards Mudeford, forming a narrow entrance to the harbour.

Hengistbury Head has been occupied from the Stone Age to the end of Roman times. The site contains Bronze Age barrows, and Bronze and Iron Age fortifications, formed by double earth dykes crossing the neck of the headland (now near the restaurant and Noddy Train station). During the Iron Age, Hengistbury Head became an important port sending trade over to the European mainland. The Romans favoured other sites, and by the end of the 5th century, permanent human habitation on Hengistbury Head ceased.

The headland was quarried for ironstone during the 19th century, the removal of which significantly de-stabilized much of headland, causing damage to the ecosystems surrounding it. Today Hengistbury Head is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), rich in wildlife and housing some rare ecosystems. It is also a popular, powerful and evocative attraction in the area, popular for walking, kite flying and well known for the stunning views of the surrounding area that extend from the Isle of Wight to Old Harry Rocks.


Bus: Hengistbury Head Cafe
Car: From Christchurch take the B3059 south and turn left onto Bell Vue Road which runs along to the pay-&-display car park at the end. Free parking available on the approach road. From Bournemouth take the A35 and then B3059 to Bell Vue Road.

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