As this maritime city lies on England’s south coast between two large, natural harbours, you can expect your walks in Portsmouth and its surroundings to always have a sea view. A major naval base and home to several incredible historic artefacts, exploring the city allows you to discover both the area’s heritage and revel in the impressive landscape. From marshes and shingle beaches to hilltop panoramas and castle walls, this city is truly a product of its environment.
Protected by the Isle of Wight to the south, this has been a vital naval port for centuries and you’ll find numerous forts and castles on your hikes around Portsmouth. You can ramble beachside along the Solent shoreline to see the busy shipping lanes or walk along the western edge of Langstone Harbour to admire the huge number of birds that call these mudflats home. For a fantastic overview, hike north up Port Down to enjoy a sweeping vista of both harbours, the city, the Solent and the island opposite.
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