Hengistbury Head - View Over Beach - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the pebble beach at the west end of Hengitsbury Head in Dorset. It is possible to walk all the way around the headland along the beach to the sandy spit at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight from here.
Hengistbury Head - View Over Beach - FURTHER INFORMATION
Hengistbury Head - View Over Beach - Christchurch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Hengistbury Head - View Over Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.
In past times it was possible to walk through, and over, the double dykes up onto Hengistbury Head. These are Bronze and Iron Age fortifications built to turn the headland into a fortress, which then allowed it to flourish into an important harbour. Today Hengistbury Head is a very popular attraction, with over 1 million visitors a year. In order to protect the ancient sites, the path now proceeds along the dykes to the cliff top before following the coastline to the headland itself.
The beach along Hengistbury Head is made of pebbles, eroded from the cliffs of the headland itself. Hengistbury Head was quarried for ironstone in the 19th century, which has caused instability and much damage to the headland. Groynes are built along the beach to try to minimize erosion. It is possible to walk all the way from here along the beaches of Bournemouth Bay to the entrance to Poole Harbour and the Poole Harbour Ferry at Sandbanks, some 11 miles away.
A much shorter walk is to the top of Hengistbury Head, from which there are stunning views on a clear day over to both the Isle of Wight and out to sea over Mudeford, Christchurch and Highcliffe along the coastline.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
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.