View Full Version : Keyhaven / Hurst Castle 15 November 2008

31st October 2008, 07:00 PM
I promised I'd arrange this to be the "same" as the October event.

On 15th November High Tide is around midday (http://www.isleofwightweather.co.uk/2008tides/lymington/lymington200811.htm) and Sunset is a little after 16:15 (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=136&month=11&year=2008&obj=sun&afl=-11&day=1)

At the free parking area down the lane opposite the Gun Inn

Map ref Map ref. = SZ 306 915

Approx postcode = SO41 0TP
(N.B. There is a paying car park opposite the pub, free parking places along the lane)

In my gallery is a picture of the "© Flash Earth" aerial view, with the paying car park and free parking area marked.

Plan for the day
Slightly different from last time, for those who have been here already.
Meet at the same place, a bit earlier, nearer say between 9:30 and 10:00 because there'll be less daylight. Everything needs to be variable and dependent on the weather. There is no shelter.

1) Spend an hour or so at the harbour and on the sea wall to the east, then back to the car park/toilets and eat sandwiches.

2) Walk past moored boats, a small boatyard, a dinghy park in the fields etc then along the sea wall to the west, then a short section of a narrow road where the sea is kept back by a boulder or two.

There are fields and reedbeds inland.

Cross a footbridge over a river and walk down Hurst Spit to the castle (Tudor) and lighthouse at the end. (15-20 mins brisk walk along hardpacked shingle)

From the top are panoramic views across to Bournemouth etc maybe a passing yacht or two. From the end there are closer views of The Needles and the current racing through the narrowest part of The Solent.

The outside of castle, and the shingle "spit" it's built on, offer loads of photo opportunities - stonework, rusty artefacts and huge doors to seaward, short sections of railway, timber sea defences as well as whatever plants might still be above ground.

To the east of Hurst Spit are mudflats where there are always boats moored and, at this time of year, loads of overwintering wading birds. To get a closer look at those we will …

3) Get a ferry back to Keyhaven at about 3:00 (they run half-hourly, it costs £3 single (http://www.hurstcastle.co.uk/ferries.html)). The tide will be falling so there should be good views of the mudflats, birds feeding on the mudflats to either side of the navigable channel and also enough light to take a few pictures. (I can check the best time with the ferryman closer to the date.)

You will need:-
Long lenses, tripod/monopod, wide-angle lenses for panoramas and close-up lenses too - anything you think you'll need.

Packed lunch and a hot drink.

Warm, windproof clothes and sturdy, warm footwear.

If you’ve got quilted trousers (Ski stuff / overtrousers = charity shop?) they’re a good idea. It can be bitterly cold walking down the Spit although there is a lower, very narrow, path to the east that offers some protection.

Is it worth going?

This whole area is a popular "birding" location during the winter months, is included in the BBC Breathing Spaces (http://www.breathingplaces.org/public/place/21417) and for rspb walks (https://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.asp?id=tcm:9-200294)

Take a look in the forum gallery to see pictures taken in October (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/657)

And don't forget you'll also meet some other people whose interest is photography.

10th November 2008, 04:12 PM
I hope some people will be able to make it on Saturday :)

10th November 2008, 04:46 PM
Well I missed the last one, so the plan is to try and make this Sat, will confirm thursday

for organising


11th November 2008, 05:40 PM
Hello Ellie

Yes - I'll be there (managed to change my plans :)), and yes I still have your contact details.

Looking forward to it - if it's dry I can give the Bigma a bit of a test!

12th November 2008, 04:40 PM
Just bumping back up!

Sorry we don't have an E-30 to play with

Jim Ford
12th November 2008, 05:54 PM
For those interested in military matters, the interior of the castle is worth a visit. There are some _huge_ muzzle loading rifled canon there. When I was there in the summer, I asked the guide if they've ever been fired in anger, and when he said 'no' I replied that there was still time! I'd love to see one fired!

Also, check out the marsh samphire growing on the eastern side of the spit at the castle end. It's a refreshing (tho' salty) snack raw (pick'n eat) and is even better cooked.


12th November 2008, 06:46 PM
Sorry we don't have an E-30 to play with

I've just seen that post - some people get all the luck :D:D!

Oh well, I'll just have to wait until I've won the one on offer in the competition :D:D;)!

14th November 2008, 12:07 AM
Look forward to seeing you there on Saturday :)

Sorry I haven't been around much this week. I've been a bit off colour but antibiotics are kicking in and I'll be fine for Saturday.

Same as the weather, which is forecast "Mostly cloudy skies. High 57F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.", at least it will be dry. yahoo weather (http://weather.yahoo.com/Lymington-United-Kingdom/UKXX1414/forecast.html)

In case we don't manage to exchange private messages, my mobile number is 07941 906187 Please don't text though, because I keep forgetting to check them :o

Thea, I'll bring my reflector so you can have a go with it. At least that way you'll know if it's worth searching for one.

Jim, you're absolutely right, the inside of the castle is brilliant. Last time we were there we spent at least a couple of hours wandering around. I'm not sure if there will be time to do it justice this Saturday, but we could decide on the day. A change of plan won't hurt too much.

A pity there won't be an E-30 to play with, but we can't really expect Ian to make two gatherings in one weekend

15th November 2008, 03:54 PM
I've created a section in the members meets gallery for you to post your shots from today to! :)



15th November 2008, 09:44 PM
I've created a section in the members meets gallery for you to post your shots from today to! :)


Brilliant, thanks Ian *chr