The 174’ high St Catherine’s Hill is the highest point for miles around and offers extensive views to the south across Christchurch towards The Isle of Wight and to the east across the Stour valley towards the New Forest. There are many local legends surrounding the hill, dating from as far back as the Iron Age (800B.C. to 50A.D) However, whilst some evidence of Iron Age and Roman occupation has been found on the hill, no extensive discoveries have been made that would imply the hill had as much significance as its apparent strategic position would otherwise suggest.
For those in the know, you are probably thinking “how has he got time to go for a walk up the hill at the moment?” The truth is I was between jobs, happened to be in the post office at the bottom of the hill, had the camera and tripod in the car, saw the clouds building, saw the traffic jam in the direction I was next heading and so took 20 mins out to capture the photo. Whilst it all looks calm, I’d run up and down the hill, was tight on time for my next job and, in the rush, forgot to change the camera’s focusing from last night’s ‘manual’ (by the time I was taking photos it was too dark for the camera to autofocus) to ‘auto’. I think only the fact that I’d set such a large F-stop and was shooting in wide angle, saved the shot. I hope this single photo was worth all the effort!