Follow the zig-zag path down to the beach and continue to Point House Café, Southbourne, which has now closed. Climb the steps to the road then right into Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, following the main track through dunes to the headland. You’ll hear lots of skylarks as you take in views over to the Needles, north to Christchurch and north-east to Mudeford, where we are heading to catch the ferry.
Pass the coastguard lookout. Descend along the clifftop path to the ferry. Take the ferry across to the Haven House Inn Café, a great place for lunch.
Continue through the car park and passed the caravan park on your left, towards Avon Beach. Turn left at its café hut and take the path above the beach, descending behind more huts and continuing eastwards to Steamer Point Nature Reserve and the woodlands.
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