In a quest to explore as much of the coastline and forrest around us we recently headed over to Hengistbury Head. It happened to be a particularly windy day but made for some great testing conditions of our windshells. Hengistbury Head surprised us because it has so much to offer. Not only do you get the beach to walk along or the slightly elevated and perfectly flat path but once you make it up the short hill your surroundings will change constantly.
We decided to park just down the road which was free on a Sunday and casually stroll across to Hengistbury Head which you can spot in the distance just ahead of Adam.
Instead of sticking to the fairly busy path though we dropped down onto the beach to climb some rocks and get a bit wet in the salt water that was spraying around as the waves were crashing down.
I was wearing my Patagonia Houdini jacket out which was the perfect piece of equipment to take along on a beach walk and I'll soon write a review on what I love about it and why I keep it on me at all times now.
The little hill up to Hengistbury Head is easily accessible making this a great place to go with strollers, kids, dogs... it's a really easy and enjoyable walk.
And when you make it to the top, the path just keeps stretching out in front of you offering you views of the seaside, the landscape, nature and the little houses along the shore.
You can extend the walk and stroll all the way around the bay or you can turn back and still use a different path. We decided to stick to trails to cut the walk a bit shorter and return on a more summery day to eat ice cream in the sunshine and follow the path around and back down to the waterfront.
We did feel like we made the right decision because as the woods got a bit denser it was almost like we had entered a different place yet again. To round off the day, there is a little visitor's centre and a tea house that we skipped as the queues looked a bit long.
Hengistbury Head was a great place to explore and we'll certainly be back in a different season to see how it changes throughout the year.