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    Hurst Castle - Dorset

    We had some unusually good weather a couple of weeks ago so we decided on a trip to Hurst Castle.

    It's situated in the western Solent on a gravel spit that narrows the the straight between the Isle of Wight and the mainland to under a mile, and makes for some fantastic views.

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    The Solent is the historical home to Portsmouth, the base of the British Navy, and Southampton, one of the busiest ports in the country, making Hurst Castle an extremely important strategic outpost.

    The original castle, which can be seen at the centre of the complex was commissioned by Henry VIII and was one of the most sophisticated fortifications of it's time.
    The two additional wings were built during the Napoleonic period and had truly formidable firepower
    The batteries were updated in WWI and again in WWII with the addition of anti aircraft batteries.

    The lighthouse there is used as a sea-mark to guide ships in and out of the Solent and is for that reason far more important than the better known Needles lighthouse on the I.o.W (Isle of Wight)



    The Solent is one of the premier places in the world for sailing and the salt marshes in the lee of the gravel spit, and which continue for several miles along the coast, make a for a safe environment to learn and have fun, as well as being a haven for wildlife, seabirds and migratory birds, such as Egrets and Geese.

    It is possible to walk or ride along the gravel spit, but we decided it would be more fun, a nicer perspective, and a lot less stress to take the regular ferry boats from Keyhaven out through the moorings to the castle.

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    The tide was up and turning to run out, it was early afternoon, the temp around 28c with a light breeze.. perfect.

    Here is some more info on Hurst Castle if you are interested in it's history.
    The rooms in the castle itself were full of exhibitions of the castle history and the forming of the local environment and well worth the small entrance fee.

    Hurst Castle lighthouse
    Hurst Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Hurst Castle | English Heritage

    After four or five hours out there I ended up with around 350 pictures, luckily for you I whittled them down and the had another sort out, but there are still a lot of pictures to put up so I'll do them in batches as it does take time.
    I've used a 640x480 format just to get them up and utilise the page space, but if there are any that you would like the full 10M original of then feel free to ask.
    Last edited by Neo; 05-08-2012 at 04:33 PM. Reason: ADDED LINKS TO PICTURES
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    A beautiful part of the country. I was only watching a programme the other week where a family were having a BBQ on the beach there. Farm life I think, and featured Warborne farm in Lymington.

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    Lovely pics so far
    that gallery etc has a mind of it's own...

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    is that Sand on the Pommy Beach? the last time I was in Somerset the Beach's were

    Gravel!

    nice Pics Neo,

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    Ok here we go then... the sunlight was excellent for the shots, even though it was just past midday, it wasn't too flat, and later on around 4.30 on the return trip the light was fantastic and gave great definition and tone.

    Here's a couple of shots from Highcliffe on the way there,
    looking across the Solent to The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight (I.o.W)





    And this is Keyhaven harbour, it's just a small hamlet of houses and a slipway,
    where the ferry to Hurst Castle can be caught.





    The ferry is at the back there, centre right..



    On board and ready to set off..



    It's all small to medium sized traffic here.



    Small fishing fleet.



    Out through the moorings in the salt marsh..







    You can see the lighthouse and the low profile of the castle in the distance.



    and here comes a smaller ferry on the way back,
    they ran every 20 minutes or so and it was 5 for the return trip.





    You can see here the open water of the Solent beyond the marsh,
    and a yacht out there at full tilt with the spinnaker out.



    Quite liked these shots.. very typical, father and daughter I assume.





    There's something out there in the far distance.. far bigger than anything else..
    looked like a Schooner at full sail roaring down the Solent..



    A nice looking Ketch, hand built by the owner apparently..





    The land in the distance is the Isle of Wight, getting close now.



    A safe environment for the youngsters to learn in..



    You can see here walkers on the gravel spit in the mid ground and the I.o.W is in the background.



    The owners of this one were having a picnic on one of the little islands in the salt marsh.
    Again you can see people walking on the spit in the distance.











    Into the landing jetty..







    and that's all for now, more to follow..
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    nice clear shots, can almost smell the Salt air.

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    Great photo thread, Neo. Good thing the weather was in your favour at that time.

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    The defences are imposing.



    Inside the castle there are displays of the weapons that were used here, and most of the emplacement and ante rooms are used for historical presentations.

    As you enter there is an anti-aircraft gun that has been placed inside.



    The interior is utilitarian and austere. The tracks here were to move the munitions from the magazine to the gun emplacements.



    One of the huge guns of the main battery, there were only two examples and both had been salvaged from elsewhere and restored here.







    They have a rifled barrel and can fire a 800 pound shell 3.5 miles.



    A piece of rifled barrel from a similar gun.


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    Superb pics + thread Rob cheers for this mate ,, used to go to stay with my Uncle in Portsmouth many years ago ,, he was the chief PO on HMS Victorious . Always stuck in my mind the beautiful colour of the water in that area + that wonderful green + cream colour scheme of the Southdown bus company .

    can't green mate yet sorry
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    I love the big guns.

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    Nice thread Neo, it's good to see a bit of the area down south.
    Some nice photographs as well.

    The system gets a little temperamental if I try and green you.

    Another time.



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    I love the big guns.
    Are you beeing naughty Natalie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Are you beeing naughty Natalie.
    I heard she liked a ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no I'd better not ,, she's only little but I reckon she packs a punch

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    Cheers all... I'm a bit slow getting them uploaded. I won't dwell too much on the Castle interior, just a few more shots to add, the best pics are yet to come, I think, the outside light was superb that day especially later on the return trip back to Keyhaven.

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    Lovely way to spend the day.

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    just think the Guns would have been State the Art at the time of Installation, bit like the Whit-worth Guns protecting Thailand at the mouth the River @BKK

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    The guns were updated as technology evolved, the two examples in the pictures were from Victorian times, the fortification was originally built in the Napoleonic era and strengthened in successive periods.

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    Great spot, I lived for a time in a condo on the Port Solent Marina, bloddy arctic gale winds in winter though.

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    Inspired by Neo's coastal shots I knocked up a little water colour this weekend to ( with his permission ) complement his thread



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    That's brilliant Nigel.. I feel quite honoured cheers mate.

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    Fantastic Neo!!!

    I will have to post up the Californian Heast Castle. Really nice photography.

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    Still some great pics to come... but it might be a while before I can get around to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Inspired by Neo's coastal shots I knocked up a little water colour this weekend to ( with his permission ) complement his thread


    Have you got a website (or blog at least) with pics of your work?

    I remember you doing a lovely one based on one of my countryside lake pics from Sukhothai.

    I've an empty wall in my house I need filling.

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    555 ^ no mate but your more than welcome to any of em free as is anyone else

    Cheers Rob ,, your welcome .

    BTW going off to Ibiza for a week shortly hope to take the paints with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    going off to Ibiza for a week shortly hope to take the paints with me
    Certainly the place to paint the town red.


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    Here you go a little bump on the old thread ,, just finished an oil painting of the same scene , its on an 8 by 8 box canvas ,, and is soon gonna be winging its way down South from me , hope you and the Mrs. enjoy it mate ,, cheers Nigel


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