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PostSubject: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:33 am

Mudeford is at the estuary of the river Avon near Christchurch Bournemouth, we decide to stay there for our 40th anniversary. On arrival in the evening some of the views not far from the hotel grounds

After a lovely meal and breakfast the next morning we decided to try a walk to Bournemouth. Mudeford has a small peninsular which leads up
to the river mouth.

At the head, there is the Haven Inn, where we once made a mistake of having lunch and the portions were so large it nearly spoilt our evening

Across the river is Hengisbury Head which can be accessed by ferry

Now on Hengistbury Head, I believe they have the most expensive beach huts in the country and the last one to be sold fetched over £50,000.

and once over this side of the river one can walk all of the way to Bournemouth

At this point it becomes a wetland area and good for wildlife, an inland lake.

Taking the higher ground one gets a view of the river Avon as it winds up to Christchurch

Well Bournemouth seemed to get further away, so we settled for a plate of fish and chips in a cafe before returning back to the hotel for our evening meal

We have friends that live at Barton-on-sea so we thought it would be a nice surprise for them if we knocked on their door.

So again, after a lovely evening meal and a hearty breakfast we set off around Mudeford Quay and walked along the beach until we reached a place called Highcliffe Castle a grade 1 listed building which caters for weddings

It had very nice grounds and lots of flowers

It also had a tea room with cream teas to die for whilst views of the Needles on the IOW (sorry blurred pic)

Well the traveller's suitably refreshed and still with jam around my face, we walked for miles until the path ran out and discovered it was another mile to Barton-on-sea. So we consoled ourselves with a plate of burgers and chips in a restaurant by the road

and walking back the same way until we reached our hotel. That evening we had a lovely meal and a superb breakfast and wandered in the grounds
reflecting why after all that walking had we not lost a pound between us.

Last edited by delboy on Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:56 pm; edited 7 times in total
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PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:44 am

What a fantastic section this is turning out to be. photographer Another great review, with stunning photo's Delboy. :-bd:

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PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:19 am

fantastic ,I love coming on here and looking at the photos ,Im gonna have to get cracking with mine

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PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:18 pm

Nice pics del, me and a few friends did a few days walking in that area a couple of years back.

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PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:25 pm

Oh those lovely colours of the flowers - doesn't it remind you of summer in these cold dark winter days bravo
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PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:41 pm

great photo's and a brilliant review del,well laid out and very informative.
you put mine to shame,you'll have to teach me how to do it properly santa
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Mad Destination Expert

PostSubject: Re: Mudeford   Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:13 pm

Our first time visit to Mudeford

A fishing boat tied up ready to load the lobster pots

The pots could been seen stacked along the quayside

We took a stroll along the jetty to the Mudeford sands

In the distance the Needles Rocks of the Isle of Wight

This is a view from the Avonmouth Hotel, these grounds no longer exists as they were sold for a flat development, to fund a refurbishment programme at the hotel

And the little bunglows in the Hotel's grounds that now no longer exist

but that aside, a view to see the sun go down before dinner

The the evening light still gives a view looking out to Mudeford Quay and Hengistbury Head

Morning and the estuary is as calm as a mill pond

We decided to have a car trip into Poole harbour to see the main boats and have a trip to Poole Pottery (that now no longer exists)

We then had a trip further down the coast to Swanage, famous for its Corfe Castle

Then moving on to a place called Studland which is a headland that engulfs Poole Harbour

At the far end of the headland there is a chain ferry which takes one across to Sandbanks at Bounemouth, this is the home of football manager
Harry Redknapp, millionaires and posh hotels

And then back to our hotel for dinner

At the end of our stay we did a detour to visit Shaftesbury which is the scene of the famous TV ad for Hovis Bread

Finally just a look at the grounds now which supports a Gary Rhodes restaurant

And the Flat development progress................ hmmm

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