Jez and I walk round Stanpit Marsh

Monday 9th June 2014

We seem to be stuck with sunny, but windy, weather at the moment. Which is ok: it’s neither too hot nor too cold. Dad’s physio came just after lunch today, so he came with Jez and I when we went for our walk and then stayed in the car. We parked in a car park at the top of the small recreation field there, where there were loads of people walking their dogs. We walked through the field to the saltwater marsh beyond.

Stanpit Marsh has formed over the years where sediment has been deposited at the mouth of the two rivers (the River Avon and the River Stour) that meet in Christchurch close to the priory. It has never been suitable for settlement, but it was used by the military for practice during both World Wars. This is the view west across the marsh towards Christchurch Priory.

View towards Christchurch Priory

And looking south one can see Hengistbury Head.

Hengistbury Head from Stanpit Marsh

Towards the start of the path there is an old iron lifeboat rusting away in the marsh, although it’s difficult to see where all the cow parsley has grown up.

Iron Lifeboat, Stanpit Marsh

It used to be a lifeboat on one of the World War II Liberty ships.

Walking on this view was taken looking back towards the village of Stanpit.

Village of Stanpit

And here’s another shot of the Priory looking along the river estuary.

Christchurch Priory from Stanpit Marsh

At the top end of the loop that forms the walk you come to the river channel directly across from Hengistbury Head.

Hengistbury Head from Stanpit Marsh

This is another area where horses are allowed to graze. They can be seen here as we look across to Mudeford Quay.

View towards Mudeford Quay

As you head back to the car park you cross a Bailey Bridge. This one was built as a prototype during World War II and is one of the few remaining.

Bailey Bridge

Despite it’s historical significance, Jez doesn’t seem particularly impressed with it.

Bailey Bridge

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Canford Heath where Max managed to get nice and muddy.

Muddy Dog

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