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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.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around Portsmouth

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    Intermediate
    02:48
    6.88 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:38
    4.04 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:33
    6.26 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:24
    10.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:45
    4.29 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:21
    5.78 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:50
    6.97 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:20
    3.30 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:16
    3.13 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Difficult
    05:38
    13.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:46
    14.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:37
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:41
    6.64 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:02
    2.53 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    07:43
    19.0 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Easy
    02:00
    4.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:30
    6.14 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:28
    8.54 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    00:58
    2.38 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:33
    3.80 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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