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My 2020 Coronavirus Lockdown walking project

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SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Camellia Gardens by Chris Downer
58. CAMELLIA GARDENS

A modern infill development of bungalows off Dawn Close, itself a no-through road.


SZ0895 : Moordown: Carey Road by Chris Downer
59. CAREY ROAD

Carey Road is one of the criss-cross roads of Moordown, with The Grove running up the west side, The Avenue up the middle, and the main Wimborne Road forming the east side.

Carey Road forms an exception, running parallel between The Grove and The Avenue for one segment, while all the others run east-west to form many squares.

All the roads have in common these desirable suburban detached houses.


SZ0695 : East Howe: Caroline Road by Chris Downer
60. CAROLINE ROAD

Looking along this short road of bungalows from its western end.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Carter Close by Chris Downer
61. CARTER CLOSE

Carter Close is not so much a road in its own right, but more of a forecourt extending the dead end of Mabey Avenue. It is better appreciated from a wider view: Link.

It is one example of much infill development in many pockets of Ensbury Park. This one pocket includes Kings Close, which is accessed from Columbia Road, and there is apparently no access between the two.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Cartwright Close by Chris Downer
62. CARTWRIGHT CLOSE

A late-1980s development of terraced social housing, occupying a rural plot which had a public footpath running through it. A public right of way has been maintained between here and Chaldecott Gardens, the road filling the development from the other side. See Link for more discussion on the right of way.


SZ0995 : Redhill: Castle Lane West by Chris Downer
63. CASTLE LANE WEST

Castle Lane West and East form the A3060, a very busy road through the northern suburbs of Bournemouth. All is very quiet here, however, not just because we are in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown but also because it's a couple of minutes past 7 o'clock on Easter Sunday morning.


SZ0796 : Kinson: Castleton Avenue by Chris Downer
64. CASTLETON AVENUE

One of three roads heading north off Kinson Park Road which come to an abrupt dead end at a hedge across the road. The suburbs of Bournemouth come to an abrupt end at the same time.


SZ0796 : Northbourne: Cedar Avenue by Chris Downer
65. CEDAR AVENUE

Looking north along Cedar Avenue from its only access road, Austen Avenue it comes to a dead end both behind us and ahead. Its bungalows are typical of this northern part of Northbourne and Kinson.

Cedar Avenue is one of three roads out of the 451 I visited in my project not to have a nameplate. Google Street View suggests that it has been without one for at least 10 years. However, it does get an honourable mention at the other end of Avebury Avenue: Link.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Chaldecott Gardens by Chris Downer
66. CHALDECOTT GARDENS

A late-1980s development of terraced social housing, occupying a rural plot which had a public footpath running through it. A public right of way has been maintained between here and Cartwright Close, the road filling the development from the other side. See Link for more discussion on the right of way.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Charles Gardens by Chris Downer
67. CHARLES GARDENS

An early- or mid-1980s development off Kingswell Road, eating into the surrounding back gardens an early forerunner of the much similar infill development that has occurred hereabouts in recent years.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Cheddington Road by Chris Downer
68. CHEDDINGTON ROAD

Looking northeast along this suburban road of bungalows which abound in this immediate area.


SZ0694 : East Howe: Cherford Road by Chris Downer
69. CHERFORD ROAD

Looking along this traditional suburban side-road, which comes to a dead end at the side of the Fernheath Valley local nature reserve, with access into it on foot.


SZ0894 : Ensbury Park: Cherries Drive by Chris Downer
70. CHERRIES DRIVE

Cherries Drive is the southbound side of the Ensbury Park gyratory, and was put in in the mid 1980s when this became the A347, diverted from the main Wimborne Road through Moordown and Winton. The other three sides of the gyratory are formed from pre-existing roads. It is named, almost certainly, after the local football club, AFC Bournemouth, who are nicknamed the Cherries.


SZ0897 : West Parley: Christchurch Road by Chris Downer
71. CHRISTCHURCH ROAD

Looking west from Parley Cross along this normally busy road, with a common name in this neck of the woods because, of course, Christchurch is a nearby town and several roads lead there. It is only a small segment of Christchurch Road which is within the 2km radius of my project, but we are outside the circle here as this is the nearest sign.


SZ0897 : West Parley: Church Lane by Chris Downer
72. CHURCH LANE

Church Lane is long for a single dead-end lane with no turnings, at around ¾ mile in length. It leads, as its name suggests, to the parish church of West Parley, down by the river Stour.

It is the southern, most rural two thirds that is within the 2km radius of my project, but we have come out of that circle for this photo because naturally a sign exists only at its junction.


SZ0995 : Moordown: Cobham Road by Chris Downer
73. COBHAM ROAD

Cobham Road is a short side-road in the north of Moordown, characterised like the surrounding area by desirable detached houses.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Coleman Road by Chris Downer
74. COLEMAN ROAD

Coleman Road is on the southern side of the large 1950s West Howe council estate and comprises semi-detached houses readily recognisable as originally council houses.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Columbia Gardens by Chris Downer
75. COLUMBIA GARDENS

Modern infill off Columbia Road, as is plentiful in the Ensbury Park area, Columbia Gardens is one of those roads that looks more like a driveway because the original kerbstones on the major road are still in place, but lowered as for an ordinary domestic drive.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Columbian Way by Chris Downer
76. COLUMBIAN WAY

A small, squiggly cul-de-sac off Slades Farm Road, forming part of the 70s housing estate of Slades Farm, named no doubt because it runs along the back of houses in the main Columbia Road.


SZ0694 : Ensbury Park: Columbia Road by Chris Downer
77. COLUMBIA ROAD

One of the main thoroughfares of Bournemouth's northern suburbs, this is one of the longest roads in my 2km circle and we are looking at it from the pedestrian island of the little roundabout at its western end. The lockdown restrictions provide us with an image containing only one car almost unthinkable in daylight hours!


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Columbia Trees Lane by Chris Downer
78. COLUMBIA TREES LANE

This rather rurally named road runs between St. Margaret's Road and Talbot Rise, and has dwellings on only one side: they face the allotments which are on our right. It consists of bungalows, as is the norm for all the roads in the vicinity.

The additional arrow on the sign is because this is a 90º turn in the carriageway, rather than a junction as such. St. Margaret's Road that is to our left, with no other roads to right or behind.


SZ0895 : Moordown: Comber Road by Chris Downer
79. COMBER ROAD

One of the several west-east roads in Moordown, crossing between The Grove, The Avenue and Wimborne Road which run north-south. Some of these roads have two segments, but Comber Road is one of the single-segment roads. The houses in the background, desirable detached ones, exemplify the whole area.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Comley Road by Chris Downer
80. COMLEY ROAD

This street of detached houses comes towards us from Elmes Road and comes to an end, with Delhi Road at 90º to our right.


SZ0694 : West Howe: Common Lane by Chris Downer
81. COMMON LANE

This path runs from Turbary Park Avenue to Maclean Road, and has been given a name in fairly recent years as a safety initiative so that one can report one's location more simply if there is an incident. See Link for further discussion and links to further photos along the footpath.


SZ0894 : Ensbury Park: Coombe Avenue by Chris Downer
82. COOMBE AVENUE

Coombe Avenue forms, with Leybourne Avenue, a busy main route through Northbourne. Desirable detached housing is the order of the day hereabouts, although the block of flats on the corner, just to our right, is modern and replaced an old bungalow.


SZ0894 : Ensbury Park: Coombe Gardens by Chris Downer
83. COOMBE GARDENS

A street of detached houses off Coombe Avenue - quite a long one considering that it's a dead end - with a double bend halfway along.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Copper Beech Gardens by Chris Downer
84. COPPER BEECH GARDENS

Copper Beech Gardens is a 1980s infill development, a precursor to the much infill that continues in Ensbury Park right up to the present day.


SZ0797 : Kinson: Coppice Close by Chris Downer
85. COPPICE CLOSE

A recent infill of a few bungalows in the back gardens of Markham Avenue.


SZ0895 : Redhill: Coppice View by Chris Downer
86. COPPICE VIEW

A fairly recent development - perhaps around 2000, if memory serves, of private semi-detached housing, coming off Redhill Drive and backing onto the vast Redhill Park.


SZ0694 : Ensbury Park: Cornelia Road by Chris Downer
87. CORNELIA ROAD

This development has been built in the last 10 or 15 years on the western sliver of the Ensbury Park allotments, the rest of which still survives. The houses are privately owned semi-detached - the first few can be seen here before the road snakes around to the left.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Cornish Gardens by Chris Downer
88. CORNISH GARDENS

At the heart of the 1970s council housing estate at Slades Farm, recognisably by the terraced houses seen in the background. Cornish Gardens and its neighbour, Hibberd Way, form a sort of crescent that is walkable but not driveable, with that curious feature of 70s estates with complicated house numbering along right-angled terraces.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Coronation Avenue by Chris Downer
89. CORONATION AVENUE

Looking along this typical Moordown residential street from the main Wimborne Road. There is a busy traffic light junction almost abutting this one but excluding it, hence the railings to encourage pedestrians to go along the road a little before crossing. The houses are typical of Moordown: desirable, early 20th-century detached.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Cove Road by Chris Downer
90. COVE ROAD

In this view along the northern pavement of Cove Road, we can just glimpse the mainly detached houses along this mid-length cul-de-sac. This is in contrast to the bungalows in most of the immediately surrounding roads.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Cowper Road by Chris Downer
91. COWPER ROAD

Looking along this typical Moordown side street from the main Wimborne Road. It is not, in fact, completely typical as it comes to a dead end for no really apparent reason: beyond the houses at the end, and unconnected by road or path, is Delhi Road which could quite easily have been a continuation of the same road.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Cox Avenue by Chris Downer
92. COX AVENUE

Cox Avenue is almost two roads: from Castle Lane West it heads roughly northeast for a while, and the driving priority of that segment morphs into the more modern Cox Close while a left turn is a continuation of Cox Avenue, northwest to Muscliffe Lane. It is a mix of houses and bungalows.

We are looking at the sign on the inside of that 90º turn, confirming the street name both ahead and to the right.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Cox Close by Chris Downer
93. COX CLOSE

Cox Close is the grey line which separates the original mid-20th-century housing of Muscliff and the vast early-1980s estate. It is accessed off Cox Avenue, and is the only road on the more modern estate to be named after one of the older roads. It comes to a dead end ahead of us but has pedestrian access to the similar dead end of Moreton Close - all the roads behind us on the large estate are named after Dorset villages.

The sign is really most useful for the pedestrian arriving here from the path that runs left-to-right across the picture.


SZ0696 : West Howe: Creasey Road by Chris Downer
94. CREASEY ROAD

The red-brick houses on the northwest part of the vast 1950s West Howe council estate bask in the evening sunshine.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Croft Road by Chris Downer
95. CROFT ROAD

Looking along this very short turning off Oswald Road. The detached early-20th-century house facing us across the dead end is typical of the road and of the whole area.

The sign is a rare survival: one of the old 1950s, perhaps earlier, cast iron signs with embossed lettering, attached to a single concrete post.


SZ0696 : Bear Cross: Cudnell Avenue by Chris Downer
96. CUDNELL AVENUE

Cudnell Avenue is quite unusual in having two dead ends - it backs onto the River Stour and is accessed via either Quayle Drive, not quite at the western dead end, or Longfield Drive, not quite at the eastern dead end.

Here, we look along it from the latter turning, and the turning circle at the eastern end can be seen in the background.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Cunningham Close by Chris Downer
97. CUNNINGHAM CLOSE

A side road off Cunningham Place, in the middle of the vast 1950s West Howe council estate. The houses cannot really be seen from the end of the road, because they are arranged in a wide circle around the dead end of the road - just behind the back gardens of the houses either side.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Cunningham Crescent by Chris Downer
98. CUNNINGHAM CRESCENT

The hub, the centrepiece, the focal point choose whichever word you like: Cunningham Crescent is the heart of the large 1950s West Howe council estate and it runs a complete 360º ring around the estate's main shopping parade, which we see here.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Cunningham Place by Chris Downer
99. CUNNINGHAM PLACE

A short link road from Moore Avenue to Cunningham Crescent in the very heart of the West Howe council estate. Behind the sign, we see terraced council houses West Howe has the whole gamut of housing, from these to semi-detached houses and bungalows to blocks of flats.


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