Southampton Water and the River Hamble. Sea Views, Marinas, Coves and Woods.
Book 1, Walk 3 (R) - Botley to Netley
Length: 14.5 km (9 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10
London Waterloo: 10-09 hrs . Portsmouth Harbour train (does not stop at Clapham Junction)
Arrive Botley: 11-38 hrs
(Clapham Junctioners: take the Weymouth train from CJ at 10-12. Arrive Basingstoke 10-47 hrs and change onto the Portsmouth Harbour train leaving Basingstoke at 11-00 hrs)
Return: Netley to London Waterloo: 02 mins past the hour changing at Fareham, and 18 mins past the hour changing at Southampton Central (journey time 2hrs 5 mins).
Rail ticket: suggest a day return to Netley all routes permitted. If you do not possess a travel card check with the ticket office - it may be cost effective to buy an all zones travel card and then an onwards day return to Netley all routes permitted.
The Netley to Botley walk does not get many outings, due to the journey time and cost of travel, and best I know this is the first posting of this walk "backwards" - or in reverse. Why in reverse today? Possible because I am awkward and known in the SWC for doing walks in reverse, but also it should make a lovely outing today in reverse direction if the weather is nice - and it's probably the last chance to do this walk in summer conditions this year. The cost of the rail ticket is not cheap (sorry -we missed the SWT offer) but as a one off - why not treat yourself !
From Manor Farm we will take the Strawberry Trail route down through woods toward the river passing some pretty coves on the way before heading for Bursledon and lunch at the Navigator Pub. After lunch we have a relaxing, 3 km walk along the causeway beside the River Hamble, passing by marinas, a boat yard and mudflats before taking the Warsash Ferry (a vision in shocking pink) across the river to Hamble. Then it's over Hamble Common and through its woodland before we take a 2 km walk along the beach beside Southampton Water, turning right into Royal Victoria Park and Netley Chapel, with a cafe in the Park for tea, Netley railway station for your journey home is nearby.
Swimmers: bring your cossies with you as there are swimming options in the coves along the Strawberry trail or near the jetty at Hamble or along Southampton Water - if the weather is nice and tide times are favourable (check the link in the website version of walk's directions).
Next week - Wednesday 21 September: SWC Walk 150 - Yalding to Sutton Valance