Hurst castle is 2 miles long, a spit at the eastern end of the Solent, famous for its castle built by Henry VIII and extended during WWII to protect the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth. The shingle is well trod by countless tourists who walk across the rounded flints, cherts and sandstones to each the English heritage site. To the north is the extensive Lymington marshes, small creeks, extensive mudflats, a haven for birds. The marshes face severe erosion, from waves and humankind. They are a protected SSSI site and no wonder why. Truly stunning scenery.
And having taught this as a case study on and off for thirty years, it was rather nice to visit it for the first time.
Lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's cottage at end of the spit
A little ferry plies between Lymington and the end of the spit
Hurst Castle: Henry VIII castle, extended during Napoleonic wars, First World war and WWII
Relics from WWII
Shells for the 38 tonne guns
WWII ablutions block
The 38 tonne guns
Creeks and mudflats, an ecological haven and a SSSI site and National Nature Reserve