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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday walk: Portsmouth Harbour, a ferry and quiet beaches

Portsmouth to Havant via Hayling Island
Length: 21km (13 miles) Toughness: 1/10

09:30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 09:39) arriving at Portsmouth Harbour at 11:13.

Fast return trains from Havant to Waterloo are at xx:50 (journey time 1 hour 24 minutes) and there’s a slower, stopping service at xx:07.

This walk was last done on a miserable wet day last September, so hopefully today will be a chance to revisit this easy beach walk in fine weather. From Portsmouth’s historic harbour the route goes along Southsea promenade and Eastney naturist beach to a short ferry ride to Hayling Island where a disused railway path is followed around Langstone Harbour to Havant. An alternative option on Hayling Island is to continue along seaward-facing sandy beaches to Sandy Point Reserve and then catch a bus (no.30 or 31) to Havant (buses leave at xx:04 and xx:28 until 18:04, then at 18:58 and 20:04). The Hayling ferry is scheduled to depart from Eastney at 12:25, 12:55, 13:40 and 14:10. High tide today will be around 1:45pm, so a swim on the Hayling Island beaches won’t involve a long trek across the sands.

Two possible lunch pubs are the Ferryboat Inn (023 9246 3459) on the Hayling Island side of the ferry, or the Inn on the Beach (023 9246 0043), about 2.5km further on.

Walk directions are not really needed for this simple coastal walk, but further information can be found on the walk’s introduction page.



Bill S said...


You might want to check the trains for this walk. The National Rail Enquiries website is warning of industrial action affecting SW Trains from 30 August to 2 September.

Bill S

Anonymous said...

Did walk.started an hour later by choice, and bus no 1 from Fratton to Eastney. 13.30 ferry. Didn't see anyone else. Gavin