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Stage 4: Lee-on-the-Solent to Hilsea — Solent Way

Stage 4: Lee-on-the-Solent to Hilsea — Solent Way

Difficult
05:49
14.3 mi
2.5 mph
125 ft
125 ft
Ferry
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

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Includes a ferry crossing

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Tour Overview

Starting Point
6.50 mi
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HMS Warrior

Hiking Highlight

6.96 mi
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Spinnaker Tower

Hiking Highlight

7.58 mi
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Portsmouth Cathedral

Hiking Highlight

8.83 mi
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Southsea Castle

Hiking Highlight

14.3 mi
Destination

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 1.24 mi
Path: 3.49 mi
Footpath: 7.03 mi
Street: 0.75 mi
Road: 1.38 mi
State Road: 111 yd
Ferry: 0.34 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 259 yd
Gravel: 1.68 mi
Paved: 4.54 mi
Asphalt: 3.39 mi
Unknown: 4.54 mi

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

August 7, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Magnificent maritime history and glorious coastal views combine on this hike, which takes you through the heart of Portsmouth.

    The Way eases into its leisurely conclusion on this penultimate stage, which is 14.3 miles (23 km) long and is near level.

    To begin, you hike along Lee-on-the-Solent Beach to Browndown Point, where you find Browndown Battery, a former military coastal fort that was built in the 1840s.

    You follow the beach-side promenade before taking rough tracks around Gilkicker Point. The trail then heads inland to Gosport. Here, you need to catch the Gosport Ferry to Portsmouth. (For more information, visit: gosportferry.co.uk).

    It is worth spending some time in Portsmouth as there is lots to see and plenty of pit-stop opportunities. Some highlights include: HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship; Spinnaker Tower, which affords a breathtaking panorama; and the stunning Portsmouth Cathedral.

    The trail crosses Southsea Common to Southsea Castle, which was built in 1544 on the orders of King Henry VIII, and continues along Southsea Beach. You then head north along Langstone Harbour to finish in Hilsea.

    Whilst there are places to stay in Hilsea and options for food and drink, there is not an abundance. If you are struggling, Hilsea Station is only a short walk away and has regular trains to Portsmouth.

    • August 13, 2020

  • Donna McCrossan

    Lovely to see interesting picture s you put on here

    • August 22, 2020

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Stage 4: Lee-on-the-Solent to Hilsea — Solent Way