This is the extension of the Dorset Coast Path section of the South West Coast Path which ends at South Haven Point. Sandbanks can be reached by the chain ferry from South Haven Point. The path generally follows the promenade through Bournemouth towards Christchurch. Hengistbury Head is a sandspit protecting Christchurch Harbour, is a site of special scientific interest and a national nature reserve. There is parking and refreshment available. People watch the locals, visitors and tourists you meet whilst striding along the prom to Bournemouth. Plenty of seats to sit on for a quick sandwich break.