As it was such a great day weatherwise today , my son and I went down to Sandbanks and left our bikes there and got the ferry across to Studland. This is the chain ferry we took which only takes a few minutes to get to the other side.
Once on Studland beach you can walk for miles alongside the sand dunes and look out to sea. We started off walking along the beach for about 1/2 mile then went off on a path through the dunes to the heather covered heathland.
We eventually found ourselves back on the road so crossed it and after another walk ended up here on one of the beaches which was deserted apart from us. We spent a happy hour sat on the beach, Ed listening to music on his ipod (Bob Marley) and me bird watching and doing a watercolour. I saw a pair of Red Beasted Mergansers which I have never seen before, an Egret and several Brent Geese. The headland in the above picture is Jerry's Point which is not that far from the ferry but I think we went a very long way round! The mass of land behind is the south-west side of Brownsea Island (where Autumn watch came from last year).
Walked to the National trust cafe to enjoy a tasty bagette and a cup of tea and then back through the dunes, following a path that was not easy to follow due to lack of signs and trying to dodge the many nudists sunbathing in the dunes. They all seemed to be men of a certain age, didn't see any women...and why do they need to stand up when anyone comes near them!!!!
The above water is called Little Sea and until 1880 was open to the sea but since then the dunes have closed it off and now it is a freshwater lake.
Eventually made it back to the ferry after a walk of about 7 miles! Feet up now!