First Stop: Hengistbury Head
Parking: We parked on Rolls Drive (Postcode: BH6 4NA) where there is 2 hours free parking, but there is plenty of paid parking around if you want to stick around longer.
At this time of year there are wildflowers everywhere. Perhaps because I was abroad last spring/summer, I feel like I'm only really starting to appreciate the dandelions, the daisies and the forget-me-nots.
There is no problem taking dogs to walk along the beach at Hengistbury Head, but make sure you have poo bags to clean up after yourself. Annie loves the beach, though she hasn't quite mastered the sea yet and prefers to sit down in pools of water that collect in the sand and shingle.
Bournemouth and the surrounding area is victim to erosion, but the area is heavily reliant on the beaches for tourism. The council spends money on protecting them with groins (the piles of rocks the run perpendicular to the sea), adding sand and stones to beaches and securing the cliffs with plants and wire mesh. Feeling geeky? Information on Hengistbury Head coastal erosion.
Second Stop: Avon Beach & Friars Cliff
Parking: BH23 4AN There is a pay and display car park right by the beach here but it gets busy and is very expensive. Full prices can be found here but two hours sets you back £3.10.
The Needles just off the Isle of Wight.
I found myself repeatedly saying, how is this the United Kingdom? Where is your staycation destination?