[view web-page Valley Of The Avon - From Christchurch Harbour To Salisbury Plain] Though the present web site deals with heritage matters more than conventional where-to-visit/eat/drink tourism guides, some aspects of local heritage remain difficult to cover in any conventional way, as there is no historical consensus on the interpretation of events.
An obvious example would be almost anything to do with smuggling, and another would be Stonehenge or any other ancient 'sacred' site.
First is the double bay on which sit the historic market town of Christchurch, the major resort of Bournemouth, the mouth of Poole Harbour (perhaps Europe's or even the world's 2nd largest, with the port of Poole at its head), and the coast around the Purbeck headland to the historic seaside resort of Weymouth and the peninsular Isle Of Portland ('England's Gibraltar') to the Devon boundary at Lyme Regis.
It thus also includes the New Forest (now a National Park) in Hampshire, the Avon Valley (running north-south between Christchurch on the coast, and Salisbury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire).
Existing coverage here tends to be polarised between two set positions, usually labelled "sceptical" and "alternative." The Notes & Queries format is a well-established one for dealing with such matters in a more open-minded way, and I'm hoping it will prove productive in covering what are in effect local historical mysteries. Note that because of the nature of these pages, they are amended from time to time.
This page looks at the legends and lore surrounding this site overlooking the River Avon above Christchurch, which was originally to be the site of Christchurch Priory, the plan being abandoned after some mysterious opposition to the idea.
(Actually there are various overlapping jurisdictions, so that any given spot might be in either zone, or inland even part of a more northern "Thames & Chilterns" zone.) For purposes of our coverage here, the region runs between Southampton to the east, the Devon-Somerset border to the west, and northward up to include Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.
For some, it’s about online dialogs; for others it’s about offline dialogs—for most it’s about finding the intersection between the two.The region's most high-profile tourist attraction at the moment is the Jurassic Coast - see images right.This is now to be promoted via a tourism initiative called Jurassic Coast Gold, which will award quality hallmarks to selected tourism establishments.In Fowles's own words, it offers The Undercliff takes its name from the fact the trees survive in the shelter of land that has slipped down the cliff over the centuries to form a shoulder of land all along this section.Visitors should be aware these land-slips are an ongoing process, the land here being still unstable, so it is not wise to stray from the path, as there are fissures concealed in the undergrowth.The conurbation consisting of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole - the largest population centre and the fastest-growing locality - is regarded as the touring centre for the region, with most sites within an hour's travel.(It's now set to be a major hub for the 2012 Summer Olympics, both for overflow accommodation for those attending the London events, and for those attending the local sailing events along the Dorset coast.) Even if you've never been here in person, you've probably read about it in novels or seen it on screen, for the region is a longtime favourite with writers and now with producers and directors as a film and TV location.There are already various 'Jurassic Coast' guidebooks and websites  available.Yet its most unique section remains one of the least known: The Undercliff.Take a look at the work for University of Phoenix and UNICEF for a true peek at how marketing can affect the heart and mind.If you're a first-time visitor or generally not familiar with the south-central coast region (which lacks any official designation), it is the stretch of coast and countryside which stands in the gap between the officially-recognised South West and South East regions of England.