Walking south from Romsey, you can glimpse the grand Palladian mansion of Broadlands through the trees, once home of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The path now hugs the western edge of the valley with its waves of wooded terraces beside you, before crossing the river and taking you through a wonderful nature reserve of reedbeds and saltmarshes that is alive with rare birds and plants. Take care though: this area can be waterlogged at any time of the year.
Cross the river for the last time before finishing the Way at Eling Wharf.
Distance 9 miles, 3-4 hours