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Stage 3: Hythe to Lee-on-the-Solent — Solent Way

Stage 3: Hythe to Lee-on-the-Solent — Solent Way

Difficult
07:04
17.2 mi
2.4 mph
250 ft
250 ft
Ferry
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

Tips

More information

Includes ferry crossings

Check ferry timetable.

2 in total

Includes an off-grid segment

Navigation instructions may be limited.

45 yd in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.47 mi
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Hythe Pier Train

Hiking Highlight

2.59 mi
© OSM

Holyrood Church

Hiking Highlight

2.87 mi
© OSM

The Bargate

Hiking Highlight

3.60 mi
6.65 mi
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Netley Abbey

Hiking Highlight

10.2 mi
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Hamble to Warsash Ferry

Hiking Highlight

17.2 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 168 yd
Hiking Path: 3.04 mi
Path: 1.91 mi
Footpath: 5.97 mi
Street: 1.76 mi
Road: 2.60 mi
State Road: < 109 yd
Ferry: 1.82 mi
Off-grid (unknown): < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 1.09 mi
Unpaved: 168 yd
Gravel: 2.17 mi
Paved: 2.33 mi
Asphalt: 3.92 mi
Unknown: 7.64 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

August 7, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Stage 3 takes you on the oldest continuously-operating pier train in the world, through the historic city of Southampton, and visits the most complete Cistercian monastery in southern England.

    With 17.2 miles (27.7 km) of distance, this is another lengthy hike. However, with just 250 feet (76 m) of elevation gain, of which there are no hills of note, it is manageable. (For a suggestion on how to split the stage, read on).

    You begin by taking a ride on the historic Hythe Pier Railway before catching the Hythe Ferry to the port city of Southampton. (For more information, visit: hytheferry.co.uk).

    It is worth spending some time to explore Southampton. Highlights include: the 14th-century ruins of Holyrood Church; the Bargate, which was the main entrance to the old walled town; and South Western House, the hotel where first-class passengers spent the night before sailing on the ill-fated Titanic.

    You leave Southampton to the east, cross over the River Itchen, and follow the shoreline to the spellbinding ruins of Netley Abbey, one of the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in England.

    The trail continues along the eastern shore of Southampton Water through Netley village and into Hamble-le-Rice village, which has plenty of places for food and drink and shops. If you wish to split the stage, there are places to stay, too.

    You then catch the Hamble to Warsash Ferry across the River Hamble (for more information, visit: hambleferry.co.uk) and follow the shoreline southeast to finish in Lee-on-the-Solent, which has a good choice of accommodation, restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops, and other attractions.

    • August 13, 2020

  • Sharon

    Be aware the pink ferry from Hamble to warsash has limited operating hours (approx 10-4pm) so make sure you reach it early enough. There is a water taxi but it only runs in fine weather and daylight.

    • August 31, 2020

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Stage 3: Hythe to Lee-on-the-Solent — Solent Way