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Coastal walks and sandy beaches

Yachts moored at Keyhaven
Yachts moored at Keyhaven

Southampton Water to the east and the Solent, to the south provide wonderful opportunities for sailing and wind surfing, walking, bird watching and sea-fishing.

Mudeford Quay, a little to the west, is a ‘crab-catchers’ paradise, and those intent on sand, sea and sun will not be disappointed for there are good, sandy beaches at nearby Friars Cliff - not far from Highcliffe; Mudeford, Hengistbury Head, Southbourne and Bournemouth.

For further details about many of these, and much more, take a look at ' Days out a little farther afield'.

 

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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley