Walking in Hampshire

The Solent Way

The Solent Way is a 60-mile long-distance coastal walking route from the seaside town of Milford-on-Sea past the hustle and bustle of seafronts, quiet yachting harbours, deserted marshland and saltings to finish at Emsworth Harbour.

The Way has been divided into 8 sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between deserted coastal marshes or promenades and candy-floss, seaside picnics or cosy riverside pubs, and shingle beaches with exhilarating views.

There are castles and forts to explore, ships, submarines and museums to visit - and always with the smell and sound of the sea beside you. Walk past some of the finest marshes and lagoons in the south with rare species to look for such as foxtail stonewart, lagoon shrimp and starlet sea anemone.

The route is well waymarked with a Tern on a green arrow and is shown on Ordnance Survey maps Explorer OL22, 119 and 120 at 1:25 000 scale and indicated on these maps with a green diamond and the name of the route (Solent Way).

Important information

From 1 January 2012, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have with drawn all permissive rights to walk along the foreshore for the Solent Way at Browndown near Gosport.

Due to the recent weather a section of the cliff has been eroded away please see alternative route below

Solent view


Solent Way leaflet 346kb pdf