Walk, Bournemouth & Tiger

I have found a handy new walk which is based on the Langford Mead trading estate - it's pretty much all off road which I like.   One of the tallest things here is the local Orange cell mast - it must use quite a lot of power as it has a large enclosure next to it with a loud cooling fan.   In the first shot you can also see the Bookers cash and carry store. R0002214 The mast seen from the west. R0002218 I have not been to Bournemouth for about 9 months so Saturday seemed like a good weather day to make the most of the beach. The land train regularly goes along the seafront. R0002254 Walking along the seafront R0002259 Harry Ramsdens is conveniently located on the sea front - they do a nice pint of Bulmers Cider and a traditional Haddock & Chips with mushy peas. R0002271 The service was very good and the drinks were served quickly, as the temperature reached 28 degrees in the shade! Luckily there were tables on the outdoor terrace to make the most of the sun. R0002272 There seemed to be more of a queue on the way out of Harry Ramsdens, so it's a matter of luck arriving when the queue is short. R0002274 Back on the seafront and a lot of people were queueing up for the Ramsdens take out service. R0002284 Strolling along the beach R0002289 There is a small funicular railway about midway between Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier R0002321 R0002354 Taking a photo with an HTC "one" - this gentleman seemed to be taking a long time composing the photo - perhaps he was using the one's moving photo facility where it takes a short video clip rather than just a still photo. R0002362 Almost now at the Boscombe Pier end of the beach R0002381 The climb up to the clifftop takes a while when it is this hot as the heat is energy sapping, but this photographer was making the most of the clifftop views. R0002389 At the far western end of Bournemouth Beach is Sandbanks and the Sandbanks ferry.   This connects with Purbeck and gives easy access to Swanage & Corfe Castle. Luckily there was almost no queue at Sandbanks but a MASSIVE queue coming the other way at the Purbeck end. R0002401 The ferry ride only takes 4 minutes and the chain link ferry has 4 lanes each containing up to 12 cars, so that's 48 cars in total. The Condor Ferry bound for Poole Harbour passes the bows of the Sandbanks Ferry R0002406 View from the Pedestrian deck - you can leave the car and wander round but make sure you are ready and back in your car once it arrives! R0002414 View from the lower deck R0002420 A tiger just off East Reach R0002426