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Stage 5: Hilsea to Emsworth — Solent Way

Stage 5: Hilsea to Emsworth — Solent Way

Difficult
05:05
12.5 mi
2.5 mph
125 ft
125 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.02 mi
7.47 mi
9.84 mi
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Havant

Hiking Highlight

10.9 mi
12.5 mi
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Emsworth

Hiking Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 2.56 mi
Path: 3.44 mi
Footpath: 5.05 mi
Street: 0.98 mi
Road: 0.47 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 1.99 mi
Unpaved: 0.56 mi
Gravel: 0.89 mi
Paved: 1.75 mi
Asphalt: 2.55 mi
Unknown: 4.75 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

August 7, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Expect breathtaking displays of nature and charismatic coastal towns on the final stage of the Solent Way.

    If you follow the official route to Emsworth, the finale is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long. However, with worthy detours to Hayling Island and the town of Havant, this stage is 12.5 miles (20.1 km) long. The walking is entirely level throughout, too.

    From Hilsea, you cross Broom Channel, follow the footpath near to the bypass, and then head south into Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve. Covering 308 acres of grazing marsh and saline lagoon, the reserve is an internationally-important habitat for migratory wildfowl and wading birds. As such, you are treated to stunning displays at all times of year.

    You wind around the marsh back to the bypass and follow the road through an industrial estate before emerging into fields to Langstone village. Here, it is well worth following the Shipwrights Way across the water to Hayling Island. On the island there is another internationally-important haven for birdlife, West Hayling Nature Reserve, where you can observe many species of bird at all times of year. This detour adds miles 2.9 miles (4.7 km).

    Soon after rejoining the trail, it is worth taking the 1.1-mile (1.8-km) detour shown here to the bustling market town of Havant. Characterised by Georgian buildings and narrow weaving paths called ‘twittens', the town has many places to eat and drink, making it a good choice for a pit-stop.

    The trail cuts through fields to St Thomas a Becket Church, a striking 12th-century place of worship, and continues along the shoreline to Emsworth, where your journey finishes. There are places to stay, eat and drink in the town, and there is also a train station.

    • August 13, 2020

  • Donna McCrossan

    Does look very interesting

    • August 22, 2020

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Stage 5: Hilsea to Emsworth — Solent Way