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Walk: Southbourne to Hengistbury Head
This is an 8 mile walk, for those that wish to start with us at Fisherman's walk in Southbourne, and it goes over Hengistbury Head, with beautiful views along the coast East and West and across Christchurch Harbour. We will walk to the end of the sand spit, which has the most expensive beach huts in the country, to the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, opposite Mudeford Quay, and then back by the lower road, or along the harbour shore if the tide is OK. For anyone who would like a shorter walk we can meet you at the Hengistbury Head car park/ cafe at about 11:15 and you can join for a 4 mile walk that just takes in the head itself. If so, make sure you let us know to meet you. The other end of Fisherman's walk starts just off Southbourne Grove, so is accessible by bus. Another possible shortening of the walk would be to go back to Tuckton Bridge after rounding the Head and catch a bus from there. I'll post a map of the intended full route in the photos section. Phil[masked] p.s. I now have a list of about two dozen past walks that we have liked, but please let me know if you have any preferences or new ideas and I will programme them in. I'm currently thinking the 16 December walk will be a local one as well, and perhaps we can include a pub for a yuletide lunch and/or drink. Please let me know if this is of interest. The Small Print: We will give you information beforehand to help you to make the judgement of whether you are up to it. The walks are targeted at adults and we have no provision/supervision /cover for children. Weather: Walks will take place in suitable weather conditions as standard. If it is raining heavily on the morning of the day, please check Meetup to see if it is still going ahead. If it is dry at start, but forecast for light rain, we will likely continue. It is usually a good idea to pack a light waterproof. Car sharing: We strongly encourage car sharing as it saves fuel, reduces emissions, and helps reduce peoples fuel bills. If car sharing please split fuel costs accordingly, and take a spare change of shoes so as not to dirty the car. Suitable attire: Boots are advisable if there is either hilly or rough terrain. In these instances, please make sure you have suitable footwear. Ill fitting or unsuitable attire will cause you pain and thus slow down the entire group. We do not advise any distance walking in flip flops, light open shoes or heels. Ability: It is your judgement as to how fit and able you are, and how much of the walk you wish to do. Escape points where you can "leave the walk" will be provided on many walks. If taking an escape point, please advise the walk leader so they know you haven't got lost or left behind. Photos: Photos may be taken on walks for future publicity. If you are camera shy please let the walk leader know in advance. Provisions: There will normally be a food/snack stop on the walks. Bring a packed lunch if you wish. Bring drinks with you especially on hot days. It is your responsibility to stay hydrated. Snack bars are also a good idea. On this occasion there is a pub and a cafe down by the lighthouse. First Aid: You are advised to take your own first aid kit along, especially plasters for cuts, abrasions and blisters. A first aider is usually on walks, but not guaranteed. Dogs: Dogs can attend most walks, subject to beach restrictions (at your discretion), be aware there will be sheer drops on some walks and possibly sheep/wildstock. Costs: Free walks but maybe costs for parking, buses and cafes etc. Attendance: Please register on Meetup if you intend to come along. Always check the Meetup site on the morning of the event in case of any last minute changes. If for some reason you won't be attending, PLEASE LET US KNOW or amend your status. Our aim is always to arrive by 1015 and start at 1030, so if you are late and we can't get a message we may miss you.

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