SWC 179: Historic Portsmouth Harbour; a ferry ride and the exploration of Hayling Island T=swc.179
Train: Take the 9:00 AM
Portsmouth Harbour train from London Waterloo
to its final destination, arriving at 10:33 AM. There are a number of return trains from both Havant and Emsworth each hour, the faster ones (generally to Waterloo) from Havant are at 17:04; 17:26; 17:30 (Victoria); 17:40; 18:04; 18:34; 18:40; 19:04; 19:34; 19:40; 20:04; 20:34; 20:40 and 21:04 and from Emsworth (requiring a change at Havant) 17:00; 17:15; 18:15; 19:15 and 20:20.
Buy a day return to Portsmouth Harbour.
Distance: 13 miles (20.9 in new money) or, to Emswoth, 14 miles (22.5 in new money)
Difficulty: 1 out of 10
Admittedly, this walk may not be considered entirely a country walk, but, in the midst of mud season, it should make for a varied and hopefully interesting mud-free day. The route starts in historic Portsmouth harbour and explores a number of interesting historical points along the seafront promenade to Eastney from where you catch the Hayling Island ferry
(£5:50). During the winter, the ferry runs hourly on the hour, I would suggest aiming for the 1:00 PM ferry.
Once on Hayling Island there is a choice of routes after lunch, but, the recommended one would be to follow a disused railway line alongside Langstone Harbour eventually back to the mainland along a causeway. Once across the causeway, a further choice presents itself – either following the suggested route to Havant or veering right to follow the Solent Way for a slightly longer map-based route to Emsworth. More information on the walk can be found here
. There do not appear to be detailed written instructions for this walk, so I would suggest printing the information page which describes a suggested route (and some options) and the OS map from the website. Notwithstanding the lack of written text, the route looks fairly straight forward….
There are two options for lunch: the Ferryboat Inn
02392 463 459) on the Hayling Island side of the ferry or the Inn on the Beach
02392 460 043) a further 2 kilometers along at the main decision point. Tea or late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Royal Oak
just across the causeway or numerous places in either Havant or Emsworth.
Enjoy the walk!