Hampshire Journals

A week in the New Forest

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A travel journal to Hampshire by MichaelJM

Ytene Croft Cottage Photo, Christchurch, Dorset More Photos
Quote: We had a family holiday in the New Forest

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

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Attraction | "Lulworth to Durdle Door"

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Photo, Dorset, England
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Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door were both sites that I had heard of whilst at school, but I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’d never visited them before. It was a real excuse to make a detour to the nearby county of Dorset whilst we were all in the area. It proved to be a longer journey than we’d realised, but I was convinced it was going to be worth the effort.We drove down the steep hill to the large car park in Lulworth . Although many tourists seemed keen to check out the town with its visitor’s centre and shops catering for the tourists I was more interested in walking up hill to get the best view of the cove. It wasn’t too strenuous a walk and soon we were at the vantage point from whe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
Coastline from East Devon to Dorset
Dorset, England

Lyndhurst

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Attraction | "A visit to the New forest traffic jam!"

Lyndhurst Photo, Lyndhurst, England
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We’d decided to check out the so-called "capital of the New Forest". What a nightmare, because the traffic was absolutely horrendous. It’s not just about visitors, because all roads seem to converge on Lyndhurst and this creates huge jams as cars try to go through this "crossroad town". Having finally made it we easily found a car park and surprisingly managed to get a parking bay, before heading off to the town. The town dates back to Anglo Saxon times and was named Lindhyrst, meaning "lime trees". The town is surrounded by the woodland of the New Forest and there are some idyllic thatched cottages around the town. In all fairness the town doesn’t have too much to commend it, but the plac...Read More

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Lyndhurst
The New Forest
Hampshire, England

Buckler's Hard

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Attraction | "A visit to a unique village"

Bucklers Hard Cottages Photo, Southampton, England
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I have to confess that I’d never heard of Bucklers hard until we were checking out the "places to visit" brochures in the holiday cottage. "Shameful" I hear you cry. You see as a citizen of this "seafaring" nation I guess I should have known that this was the very heart of the ship building industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was here that, using the local timber, ships for Nelson’s fleet were constructed. These included HMS Swiftsure, Euryalas and Agamemnon and the building of these sturdy ships was overseen by Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams who worked at Bucklers Hard from 11744 until 1805. Indeed his place of residence was the appropriately named "Master Shipbuilders House Hotel" close to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Buckler's Hard
The New Forest
Hampshire, England

Ytene Croft Cottage

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Hotel | "A relaxing week with the family is a quaint cottage"

Ytene Croft Cottage Photo, Christchurch, Dorset
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We (my wife, two sons, their wives, our grandson and a King Charles Cavalier pup) were staying in a cottage in the heart of the New Forest for a week. It was the first time that we’d all been together and it was promising to be a good holiday. The weather forecast was favourable for October and we were anticipating fine opportunities for some good walks. The cottage had been a little difficult to find as it was tucked down a tiny lane in the village of Thorney Hill near to the town of Christchurch. Ytene Croft is a quaint part-thatched cottage in a quiet part of the village. It’s part of the house occupied by the owners, so although they don’t bother you it means they are close to hand if anything goe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Ytene Croft Cottage
Thorney Hill, School Road
Christchurch, Dorset, England BH23 8DS

Bournemouth Beach

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Attraction | "A day at the seaside"

Bournemouth Beach Photo, Bournemouth, England
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It’s been several (or should I say many) years since my wife and I last visited Bournemouth and the rest of our family had never been. I have never viewed it as a typical seaside resort insofar as it has always managed to stay "up market". I remembered it as a pristinely clean resort with a bright and crisp appearance. Indeed I can’t remember ever seeing a grim side of the town.When we used to holiday there we would always stay a little out of town in one of the chines. A chine is a deep narrow ravine that has been cut through the soft rock as water makes its way steeply to the sea and I was heading out towards Alum Chine which is where we used to stay. Obviously everything looked differen...Read More

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Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth, England