Solent Way (part 4) Southampton to Hamble

The 4th part of the long-distance Solent Way goes from Southampton, along the coast to the attractive village of Hamble. At just under 10 miles and on a hot, sunny day, it was exhausting. I was surprised by how much walking there was on stony beaches. On the other hand it was nice that for most of the walk there was water to be seen.

On arriving at Southampton Central station I walked towards the docks and saw a side view of this large liner, then on to the Hythe ferry where the previous leg of the Solent Way walk had finished.

A liner in Southampton, near the start of the walk
Southampton to Hamble

The 60 miles of the Solent Way

A rare selfie!

Solent Way (part 3) Beaulieu to Hythe

The 3rd part of the long-distance Solent Way goes from Beaulieu to Hythe. At just over 6 miles it isn’t the nicest of walks, much of it being along the sides of busy main roads.

Trains to Lymington followed by the 112 bus (Tuesdays & Thursdays only) to Beaulieu took me to the start of the walk. At the end there was the ferry across Southampton Water and then it was on to Southampton station and the return journey home. A long and exhausting day even though the walk was relatively short.

The next section is a short 6 miles from Southampton to Hamble.

Beaulieu at the start of the walk
Beaulieu to Hythe

The 60 miles of the Solent Way

Solent Way (part 2) Lymington to Beaulieu

The 2nd part of the long-distance Solent Way goes from Lymington to Beaulieu. At just over 10 miles it isn’t the nicest of walks, being along the sides of extremely large fields and mainly on quiet, country roads. ie There’s not much to see in the way of views.

It’s almost 3 years since I did the first part of the Solent Way. I hadn’t expected this delay in progressing through the 8 parts. The next section is a short 6 miles from Beaulieu to Hythe, followed by the ferry across Southampton Water for the 3rd leg, Southampton to Hamble.

The extremely pretty Buckler’s Hard looks as if it could justify a longer re-visit but on this occasion I was just passing through. On leaving I spotted this lovely boat being worked on in the boatyard and I got talking to its owner who, amazingly, lives only a few miles from me.

Lymington to Beaulieu

The 60 miles of the Solent Way

Solent Way (part 1) Milford on Sea to Lymington

Yesterday I walked the first leg of the Solent Way, the stretch from Milford on Sea to Lymington. I tend to dawdle and stop for photographs, so the 8 miles or so took about 4 hours.

Transport went smoothly – a train from London to Brockenhurst and another onto Lymington, followed by the X1 bus to Milford on Sea, and then the return journey after the walk.

I’ve done most of this part of the Solent Way several times over recent years, so it’s very familiar. It’s a flat walk on good surfaces, though the long, shingle walk along Hurst Spit demands a bit more effort. I couldn’t face the walk back along the Spit so I caught the little ferry to Keyhaven, missing out a short section of the Solent Way.

The beach at Milford on Sea. (That’s the Isle of Wight and the Needles in the distance)

At the start of Hurst Spit

Hurst Castle is at the end of the Spit and where there is a ferry to Keyhaven
The ferry (£3.50) avoids the long walk back down the shingle spit!
That’s Hurst Castle and the Spit in the distance, and beyond that the Isle of Wight and the Needles
It’s an ideal walk for cycling!
The yachts at Lymington can be seen in the distance
Lymington boats
Just time for an ice cream before heading home (It’s not only grandchildren who can have these treats)

The 8 Solent Way walks:

  • Walk 1: Milford on Sea ⇒ Lymington (9 miles) (✓ 4th July 2019)
  • Walk 2: Lymington ⇒ Beaulieu (10 miles)
  • Walk 3: Beaulieu ⇒ Hythe (6 miles)
  • Walk 4: Hythe ⇒ Hamble (7 miles)
  • Walk 5: Hamble ⇒ Lee On Solent (7 miles)
  • Walk 6: Lee on Solent ⇒ Portsmouth (6 miles)
  • Walk 7: Portsmouth ⇒ Hilsea (7 miles)
  • Walk 8: Hilsea ⇒ Emsworth (8 miles)

The Solent Way

Having completed the Itchen Way (30 miles in 4 stages), my next walk is the Solent Way (60 miles in 8 stages), starting at Milford-on-Sea and ending at Emsworth.

  1. Milford-on-Sea to Lymington (9 miles) (walked July 2019)
  2. Lymington to Beaulieu (10 miles)
  3. Beaulieu to Hythe (6 miles)
  4. Hythe to Hamble (7 miles)
  5. Hamble to Lee On Solent (7 miles)
  6. Lee On Solent to Portsmouth (6 miles)
  7. Portsmouth to Hilsea (7 miles)
  8. Hilsea to Emsworth (8 miles)