Towns & Villages
Towns & Villages
There are plenty of interesting towns & villages that surround Bournemouth that are well worth visiting, like Christchurch, Ferndown, Longham and Poole.
Christchurch is a town that borders Hampshire and has existed since the iron age, today Christchurch is a popular water sports destination, it's landscape is dominated by the 11th century Priory Church, which is said to be the longest parish church in England. Christchurch has several historic attractions that are well worth visiting, like the ruins of a Norman castle, a thatched 14th century old court house, Georgian Red House and a Saxon water mill to name a few, Christchurch even has it's own market on Mondays, if your looking to head the beach then you want to visit Mudford beach which is nearby.
Longham lies between Ferdown and Wimborne in the beautiful county of Dorset and is only 3 miles away from Bournemouth International Airport. Longham is very popular with bird watchers & nature enthusiasts that like to flock to Holt Heath which is a two square mile Nature Reserve and is also very popular with cyclists and walkers, another of Longhams attractions worth visiting is Longham Lake, which was a former quarry and today has a rich abundance of birds & wildlife. If you enjoy a round of golf then a visit to Ferndown Golf Club or the nearby Dudsbury Golf Club would a memorable golfing experience, afterwards why not visit the White Hart pub or the Angel Inn, both serve a selection of real ale and quality food.
Hampreston is a small village which lies beside the River Stour in East Dorset, the village was first recorded as Hame in the Doomsday book of 1086, Hampreston's parish church dates back to the 14th century. Hampreston is a rural community that has a population of around 11000.
Ferndown is close to Poole and Bournemouth and has a population of around 16,000, the A31 runs along Ferndown making it easy to access neighbouring towns & villages. Ferndown used to be known as Fern Down until it was changed by David & William stuart who are responsible for much of the towns layout. Ferndown has it's own modern shopping complex, sports centre with swimming pool & squash courts, so there is plenty of activities for shoppers & sports enthusiasts alike.
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