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Snapshots from the beach: Boscombe to Hengistbury Head

It’s been a while since Shaun and I went on a random adventure, so on a bright sunny Sunday I grabbed my camera and off we went to the train station for a day out. After a false start, where the train decided to split in two at the station without telling us and half went one way and half went the other (we were on the wrong half) we eventually turned back and got on the correct train to Bournemouth.  As we are lucky enough to live only 51 minutes away from the seaside, it would have been a shame not to visit the beach on this glorious day. 

We got off the train at Boscombe which is the stop just before Bournemouth, mainly because we were starving a knew a place which did really nice food.

Urban Beach. 23 Argyll Road, Bournemouth, BH5 1EB

Urban Beach has been our favourite place to eat whenever we visit Bournemouth. It’s a chilled out bar/restaurant with a beach/surf vibe. The staff are always so friendly and make us feel extremely welcome. I blogged about our fab experience here in October and today was just as good. As soon as I saw that Sunday Roast was on the menu, I knew exactly what I wanted to order.

I asked if they did vegetarian roast dinners and yes they did! This is the mushroom and asparagus roast with cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, potatoes (there are also parsnips and carrots hiding in there somewhere). Yum! Shaun went for a similar but meaty version. As always, the food was delicious and we felt ready to go on a little (8 mile) walk along the beach.

Boscombe is the home of the most colourful instagrammable beach huts. 

When you get the Boscombe pier you can either turn right towards Bournemouth or head left towards Southbourne. We decided to turn left and walk along the promenade. We didn’t have a plan, we just wanted to a leisurely stroll along the beach and see where we ended up.

It was such a lovely day – we saw a game of beach volleyball, people swimming in the sea, families and friends relaxing outside their beach huts. There is something about the seaside that makes you feel instantly chilled and calm.

This is the classic “Shaun stand there and pretend to take a photo, pose”

If you keep walking along the promenade, eventually you arrive at this very scenic grassy bit. We soon realized we were heading towards Hengistbury Head which according to Google is a ‘headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the English county of Dorset, it incorporates many different habitats and supports a wide variety wildlife and rare plant species’. 

What would I do without Google hey.

We carried on walking along the very scenic grassy bit until we reached the top of a hill. More Googling tells me that this is grassy plateau of Warren Hill. If you look to the left you can see the bay of Hengistbury Head. If you are walking from Boscombe, these seats are very much needed for a quick rest.

We followed the path which took us right down to the beach huts of Hengistbury Head. These are no ordinary beach huts though, they are like mini homes, equipped with little kitchens, beds, sofas, TVs, outside bbqs, they are pretty cool.

They are located on the beautiful Mudeford Split which has a harbour on one side, a beach on the other and a cafe which sells you a refreshing glass of lime and lemonade for £3.50 a pint.

These were originally fishing huts but now they are a collection of 365 vibrant and colourful beach huts which make up a friendly community by the sea.

I’ve just found out you can even rent these out for a week here if you have a spare £750 – £1,000 lying around.  These must be the world’s most expensive beach huts as one recently went on sale for £300,000 which you could actually buy a house for. Although I gotta say, the views of the harbour are lovely.

After spending a while sitting on the beach, resting our feet after the 4 mile walk from Boscombe. We prepared ourselves for the return journey. Top tip: when you walk a long way, it’s always worth remembering that you gotta walk back.

It was such a warm summery evening though, so we didn’t mind too much.

I hope you enjoyed my snapshots from the beach. My feet have just about recovered now from the mammoth trek. Have you been to Boscombe/Hengistbury Head? Do you prefer relaxing on the beach or walking and exploring? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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75 Comments

  1. June 25, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Oh wow, looks like you had a fabulous day out – although your description of a little walk cracked me up! I’ve been to Bournemouth a couple of times but never Boscombe so I’m adding it to my list of beaches to visit in the summer holidays. Your photos are fabulous, as always, and I particularly love the one of your two silhouettes – you look like you have some weird-style bunches going on, haha. Thanks for sharing, Bexa, loved this post! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      He he, thanks Lisa, we didn’t expect the walk to turn into a marathon 😂🙊. I’d definitely recommend Boscombe as it doesn’t get as busy as Bournemouth gets in the summer. Ha ha, oh yeah I can see the strange bunches too 😄. Thanks for checking out the post lovely 💖 xx

  2. June 25, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Sounds like you had the best adventure, and your photo’s are to die for. I so wish I lived closer to the beach, I’ve never been to boscombe or hengistbury head (as far as I can remember) but you’ve just added it to the ‘beaches I must visit’ list!

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      Aww thanks so much for the lovely comment Emma! 💖 I would definitely recommend a visit to the beach there, it’s a bit quieter than Bournemouth so worth checking out 😘 xx

  3. June 25, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    OMG, that’s kind of scary that the train went into two directions but at least you made it and looks like a nice peaceful time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      He he, yeah we were sat in the wrong section of the train but thankfully we made it in the end 😂. Thank you Alice, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  4. June 25, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Random adventures are always the best adventures! Sounds like you had an amazing time 🙂

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      It was a great day out, unplanned trips are the best! 😍 Thanks so much Jasmin 💖 xx

  5. June 25, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    You must have walked for ages! That is one blooming long walk you did! I love Mudeford Beach, it’s actually my local beach and it’s one of the nicest! There are some also really great places to eat around there and also in Bournemouth! If you need any advice let me know! ♡

    Ciara |https://teatimewithciara.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks Ciara! 💖 He he, we didn’t expect it to be such a long walk 😂🙊 it went on for miles! Yes please, I’d love to hear some recommendations, that would be fab! 💖 xx

  6. June 25, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Looks like your had a really great day! Your photos are amazing makes the place look so lovely. I haven’t been to Bournemouth in years but will have to go as it looked so lovely! Great post x

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much Aaliyah 💖 it was such a lovely day, I’d definitely recommend a visit 😘 xx

  7. June 25, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Absolutely loved reading about your day! It sounds like the perfect way to spend a sunny sunday. All of your photos are lovely, it looks like a beautiful place. The roast dinner looks delicious, the potatoes especially! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks so much Tiffany! 💖 The roast dinner was so tasty, and the potatoes were done perfectly 😍 Glad you enjoyed the post lovely xx

  8. June 25, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Bexa, I love these photographs and your description of your day. I’ve never seen little huts like that along the seashore. I wish I lived 51 minutes from the beach, I would be there every day. We live about 4 hours from our favorite beach and we go there once a month now for about 4 days, and we think about it the other 26 days of the month! The food also sounded delicious.
    Before I sign off, I have to ask you a favor. Can I send you my fitbit and can you carry it with you next time you go to the beach? Hehe.
    Have a great week!
    Joan

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Joan! 💖 The FitBit suggestion made me laugh 😂. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and liked the photos too! 😘 xx

  9. June 25, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I absolutely love those colorful beach huts! They are incredible. Also, the meal you ordered looks fab. I was already hungry – now I’m starving! Thanks for sharing!

    Lex | The Lady on Lexington Street
    https://theladyonlexingtonstreet.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks so much Lex! 💖 The meal was really tasty! 😍 Glad you enjoyed the post xx

  10. June 25, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Wow Bexa it looks like you had an amazing time! Your photos are so beautiful and the huts are stunning, I can’t believe how expensive they are!
    I’ve decided that I’m going to do this as well and take a random train somewhere to explore! It’s such a lovely idea!

    Love, Cally x

    http://www.lovecally.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much Cally! 💖 I know right! I was shocked at the prices too 🙊. Yay, glad you are going to take a random train journey too, it’s exciting! 😘 xx

  11. June 25, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Loved this. Amazingly written and the pictures are amazing. X

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much Jay! ☺️ xx

  12. June 25, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Lovely photos Bexa! Those huts are so cute and colourful! I haven’t been to Bournemouth for years, I went a few times as a baby, I think it was my first holiday so I’d love to go back one day.

    Em xo ~ http://thisisemsworld.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much Em! 💖 It’s such a lovely place to visit, hope you get to go back someday! 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! Yay! Hope you have a great time in Brighton, it’s such an awesome place 💖😘 xx

  13. Shaun
    June 25, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Boscombe is such a lovely place to visit 😘. Wow, I can’t believe those beach huts at Hengistbury Head are so expensive 😮. Like you say, the views of the harbour are really nice though ☺️. Ha ha, I’m glad you included my classic pose too 😄. A brilliant post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Shaun! 💖 I know right! They are so expensive 🙈😂 Loving the Classic Shaun pose too 😜😍😘☺️ xxxx

  14. June 25, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    This looks like such a lovely trip! I know that train feeling, one of the trains I had to get back to uni from home split in two, I spent the full hour from London back to uni on edge every single time I got that train even when I knew I was on the right half. That veggie roast looks incredible! And it makes such a nice change that they actually had one x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Aw thanks so much Sophie! 💖 Ha ha yes, the trains really do have a mind if their own 😂 The veggie roast was so good and makes a nice change to have the option 😍 xx

  15. June 26, 2018 / 1:35 am

    It looks like you had a lovely day out. Your photos are gorgeous. That bench has to be the prettiest bench I’ve ever seen.. I would have taken a picture of it too! Also your roast dinner looked nice and I don’t even like asparagus or mushrooms.. now I want a roast dinner. Haha

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Aw thank you so much Laura! 💖 The bench was really pretty and nice to rest the feet 🙈. Roast dinners are my fave! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  16. June 26, 2018 / 1:56 am

    That roast dinner looks delicious! especially those roast potatoes. You two look so happy, and of course you look as beautiful and radiant as ever. So glad you had a great time😘💃 xoxo
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Emily! 💖 The roast potatoes were so tasty 😍 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  17. June 26, 2018 / 2:48 am

    It’s always nice to go on a random adventure. Oh man, you live close to the beach! Urban Beach looks like an awesome eatery. The food looks super delicious. You two look adorable together~~~

    Glad you enjoyed your time out in Hengistbury Head! That lemonade looks delish!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Aw thank you so much for the lovely comment Nancy! 💖 Urban Beach is such a great place, definitely a favourite! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  18. June 26, 2018 / 6:29 am

    The small cabins look like the one in Melbourne! Beautiful weather at that time, looks like you had great time together

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Aw thanks so much! 💖 xx

  19. June 26, 2018 / 8:40 am

    This looks amazing! I love how colourful it is. I know they are pricey but I would love to have one of those beach huts… maybe I should make that my new mission in life! 😉 You look great, by the way, I love your top! x

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Ruth! 💖 The top is from New Look 😍. He he, having one of those beach huts is definitely living the dream! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  20. June 26, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    I much prefer exploring rather than relaxing! It looks so beautiful, all your pictures are gorgeous, and that food looks amazing, too 😍 I hope you had an amazing time, Bexa!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks so much Beka! 💖 I’m the same, I love looking around and exploring a place. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  21. June 26, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    WHat a gorgeous place. Those beach huts look so cute!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much Rachael! 💖 xx

  22. June 26, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Bexa you and Shaun are the cutest! Love these photos and how happy you guys look!
    The roast looks amazing.. I’ve never had a vegetarian roast before. The beach huts look so good, I’ve never been to Bournemouth before but the beach looks great.

    Lovely post.

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 12:16 pm

      Aw thanks so much lovely! 💖 You are so sweet. Bournemouth is such a nice place, I’d definitely recommend a visit! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  23. June 26, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Wow the beach huts look so adorable. The food looks tempting. Seems u guys had a lot of fun

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much! It was such a lovely day 💖🌷 xx

  24. June 26, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Beautiful photos, it looks like you had an amazing day! Also that food looks delicious 😍 I always panic about getting on the wrong end of the train in case it splits in two! Knowing me I’d probably not even notice and end up somewhere completely different!

    Tori | JustTheBeginning-x.com
    Latest blog post – 1 year Blogiversary and Giveaway!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      He he, the trains really do have a mind if their own 😂🙈 I think I’ll double check next time. Thank you for your lovely comment Tori 💖 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  25. June 26, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    What a gorgeous little adventure you had Bexa! The beach huts look so lovely, I love the look of colourful beach huts so the photos you posted made me all warm inside! I love your top too, it really fits in with the beach theme!! I live about 30 minutes from the beach in Liverpool and love to relax and read a book in the sun when the weather permits. I do love a little beach walk too although 8 miles is quite a way for me haha!

    Love,

    Molly xo

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:12 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Molly! 💖 It was such a beautiful day, thank you my top is from New Look ☺️. He he, it did turn into a rather long walk 😂 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  26. June 26, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Your photographs are always so beautiful and you seem to always find the loveliest places to visit! That meal looks so nice and I love a good day trip to the beach when the weather is nice, unfortunately we don’t live as close to the seaside as you do! I always used to be a sit and relax person but my Fiancé is more get up and go explore so I do much more of that now but I do enjoy it much more, I love getting to see new places and go for long walks to take in the views!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Jess! 💖 I’m glad you enjoyed the post, going out for long walks in the summer is my favourite 😘 xx

  27. June 26, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    This looks like such a fun day out! I need to be more spontaneous like this more often!
    Also, your pictures are stunning! xx

    Sophie | http://www.sophierayne.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Sophie! 💖 xx

  28. June 26, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Such pretty pictures! We visited Bournemouth a good few years ago – and actually stayed in Boscombe for about a week, so your post brings back some really good memories. 🙂 Glad you had a good time, this weather has been positively glorious! We’re going to head to the beach this weekend ourselves. 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Aw wow, that’s awesome! Boscombe is such a nice place to stay, so glad it brought back good memories Sneha 💖. Hope you have a fantastic time at the beach this weekend 😘 xx

  29. June 26, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I love a day at the beach and I REALLY love Bournemouth so I enjoyed this post! I’ve never been to Urban Beach before so will check it out next time I’m down in that neck of the woods – thanks for the recommendation.

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks so much Nicola! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and I’d definitely recommend Urban Beach, it’s a great place! 😘 xx

  30. June 26, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    This seems like such a fun and nice e place to visit! I love going to the beach and that carved bench is just stunning!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much Kristin! 💖 It was such a lovely day, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  31. June 27, 2018 / 5:07 am

    Such fun pictures, and you’re right, completely instagrammable! 😉
    Your adventure looked like so much fun and a very good workout with the walking.

    xx, Des
    htttps://www.itsbetterinheels.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much Des! 💖 It was definitely a good workout and fun adventure too 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post xx

  32. June 28, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I love these kind of days and it looks like you had the best day exploring 🙂 Going to the beach makes me so happy and this place looks so lovely! I’ll definitely make a visit 💕 Oh and your pictures are so beautiful!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Samantha 💖. Beach days are definitely the best days 😍 xx

  33. June 28, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    The food looks delicious and these colorful houses are so charming! I´d love to visit both Boscombe and Bournemouth one day!

    Have a great week!
    Anna
    http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Anna! 💖 It’s such a lovely place. Thank you! Have a great week too 😘 xx

  34. June 28, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    I am a beach person and I’d love to visit Boscombe one day, Bexa! Is Boscombe a good summer destination and is it easy to find proper accommodation nearby?

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks Lydia! 💖 It’s such a lovely places which many hotels and B&Bs. It’s a great place to go in the summer and close-by to Bournemouth too 😘 xx

  35. June 28, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    The pictures you took are absolutely stunning. Especially love the beach huts, totally instagramable. That roast dinner also looks rather scrumptious. Looked a lovely way to have some quality time together

    Stacey xx SimplyStacey.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Aw thank you so much Stacey 💖 It was such a wonderful day, the beach huts are so cool, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  36. June 30, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I’m not that fond of the beach in general but this beach looks so charming? I’d actually visit it voluntarily haha. I’m in love with those houses – if only I had the money 😂 Lovely photos! ❤️

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:24 am

      Thanks so much Michelle! 💖 It was such a lovely beach, glad you would like to visit too! 😍 xx

  37. July 2, 2018 / 4:26 am

    Loooove the photos. The colors are perfect. So nice to look at. From here I can tell it was quite hot but perfect summery day. Great decision on going to the beach.

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