On a beautiful day the 6km walk from car park to Hengistbury Head & back is so popular that it may be crowded with couples, families and dog-lovers enjoying the outdoors.
Paid parking at "The Hungry Hiker" Restaurant is limited so we usually park near Tuckton Gardens to avoid restrictions, queues and disappointment. On one occasion it was so busy that we ended up having lunch at "The Spyglass & Kettle" in Southbourne after our walk! However on such a beautiful, clear day it was well worth the extra distance.
With stunning views from the top overlooking the sea toward Highcliffe, Old Harry's Rocks, even taking in the Isle of Wight, its a good idea to take binoculars and your camera; you will want to stop along the way to enjoy vistas over Christchurch, Mudeford Beach with its colourful beach huts & Mudeford Quay.
For those who have limited fitness, you can pick up the "Noddy" train that meanders its way back toward the Car park. We always allow at least 90 minutes for the walk. Its worth setting aside a half a day's outing so you can enjoy refreshments at the tearoom before returning home.
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