Hengistbury Head Field Trip, 19 July 2024

The 2024 SCOPAC field trip takes members and officers to Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth on Friday, 19 July, hosted by South West Flood and Coastal.

We will be spending the first half of the day outdoors walking around the headland – a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve.

We’ll then break into groups and provide guided walking tours discussing the Poole Bay Beach Management Scheme and Christchurch Bay and Harbour FCERM strategies, surveys and research, and current construction works, focusing on Hengistbury Head Long Groyne Repair and Upgrade.

An overview of both projects have been prepared as password-protected video presentations ahead of your visit; the password will be sent by email to all attendees:

The second half of the day we will move to an inside venue for lunch, networking and general discussion.

09:30 Arrival. Park at Hengistbury Head car park. Head over towards the Hike Café and look for our welcome gazebo
09:30 – 10:00 Light refreshments. Breakfast baps (or similar) and drinks provided. Public toilets available next to the Hiker Café.
10:00 – 12:30 Walking tour. Multiple groups setting off from the Hiker Cafe, walking up to Mudeford Spit via double dykes, the foreshore and long groyne.
12:30 – 13:30 Return from Mudeford Spit and relocate to venue. Land train transfer from Mudeford Spit to Hengistbury Head car park. Drivers to move vehicles from there to Solent Beach car park.
13:30 – 14:00 Lunch and networking. At St Nicholas Church Hall, Hengistbury Head. A selection of catered finger food and drinks provided.
14:30 – 15:00 Q&A and closing remarks.

Getting here by train and bus:

  • Train to Bournemouth Station and the 33 bus from the Station to Harbour Rd and 10 minute walk to Hiker Café.
  • Train to Christchurch Station and the 70 bus from the High Street to Broadway/Hiker Café

Getting here by car:

  • Hengistbury Head Car Park BH6 4EN

The walking tour will include approximately 2 hours / 3-4km. There will also be some short walking between car park(s) and venues. It is recommended to bring a bottle of water with you for the walk. There are public toilets at the start and finish of the walk and up at Mudeford Spit.

Please bring clothing and footwear appropriate for walking on sand and gravel and come prepared for the weather. We will only postpone the walking groups if we have extreme/weather warnings. Personal Protective Equipment is not required – we will not be accessing working areas.