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English Channel Coast

Leave the Old Oaks Park and travel 56 miles south. Turn left on A361 for 8 miles at roundabout  2nd exit A371 for 12 miles, at roundabout 2nd exit A357 for 20 miles, turn right A350 for 2 miles and at roundabout 1st exit A354 for 3 miles, then merge with A35 travel 1 mile back onto A350 for 10 miles into Poole.

Poole

Dating back before the Iron Age, a large Seaport and Coastal Town with a stunning natural harbour, a busy commercial port and bustling bay. Poole is a seaside tourist resort with the normal attractions and magnificent beach, The town has many attractions, Beach Hurst a 1798 Georgian Mansion, the Lighthouse Arts Centre and the 1890 Poole Park from the Victorian era being set in 60 acres of water housing many features including the Southern Miniature Railway using a steam engine and open carriages.

Poole Quay

Poole Quay

Beech Hurst

Beech Hurst

Poole Park

Poole Park

Resume trip travel northwest 6 miles on A350 into Bournemouth.

Bournmouth

This is a large coastal resort town a and popular tourist destination. Founded in 1810 with Victorian architecture with all the normal resort attractions and sporting a large beach area and pier, with a theatre plus the Oceanarium, an aquarium located on the seafront. Some historic factors, it has 3 grade I listed churches with gothic interiors and high stone groined roofs. The 1879 St Peters, 1898 St Stephens and St Clements plus the Victorian Town Hall.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Resume trip travel 34 miles northwest. A338 for 12 miles, merge A31 for 12 miles then onto the M27 for 6 miles, exit 3 onto M271 for 2 miles then head towards the docks on A33 for 2 miles into Southampton. Stop and view the town and dock areas plus the modern Marland Shopping Centre.

Southampton

The largest city in Hampshire on the south coast, a busy commercial port with a vast amount of heritage to explore. The Town walls, Bargate, Guildhall, Wool House, Custom House, Southwestern House and Civic Centre, plus the large Tudor house in the city centre.

Southampton’s other interesting attractions are the Nation Oceanography Centre, the Titanic Engineers Memorial, Joiners Arms, Mayflower Theatre, a grade II listed building, and the Hythe Pier Railway and Ferry being the oldest Old Pier Trains in the world .

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Resume trip travel 19 miles. A3024 and A33 for 5 miles onto the M27 for 11 miles, take exit 12 M275 and travel 3 miles to the sea port of Portsmouth then stop and visit.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a waterside city in Hampshire and a naval port with the worlds oldest dry dock. The harbour has magnificent views and there is the 1418 Round Tower and 12th century Cathedral.

Points of interest are HMS Warrior, Historical Dock Yard, Royal Navy Museum, City Museum and the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Portsmouth Dickens Museum

Portsmouth Dickens Museum

Portsmouth

Portsmouth