The End of the Season!

After the Storm
After the Storm!

Last week I set out on a walk, intending to take the ferry across the Poole Harbour entrance so that I could follow a route that would take in some heather-clad heathland, some high viewpoints, a lovely village, and a few miles of some of the best beach you could wish for…….but it all went wrong!

Dreams of Seaside Summers
Dreams of Seaside Summers

I parked up at one of the only free parking areas even remotely near the ferry and walked a mile and a half to reach the slipway, only to find that the ferry was out of service, having broken down with engine trouble……in fact a week later it is still out of service. So, not to be defeated, I retraced my steps and walked the other way instead, following Sandbanks beach all the way to Bournemouth and back. It wasn’t such a good walk, much less wild and much more tame and touristy, but the good thing was that it was at least the end of the season 🙂 !


Its quite surprising what you find to photograph when you walk along the beach, even if it is not in the windswept moorlands and woods. This was a great day, lots of heavy cloud intermingled with really bright sunshine so despite the ‘best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men’ having ‘ganged agley’, to use the poet’s words, I had an awesome time 🙂 !

Empty Tables
Empty Tables

This is just a few pictures from the many that I took on that walk along the beach at the end of what had been a sizzling summer season.

The Sea Wall
The Sea Wall

It was just a short walk but I hope you have enjoyed it nonetheless!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,
Your friend
The Dorset Rambler

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  1. Some lovely photos. I’ll miss the Haven hotel when it’s gone and replaced with flats. I’ve never stayed there, but it’s lovely to use the restaurant and enjoy those views over to Purbeck and the harbour. It is expensive, but it’s such a nice location.

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