The walk starts from Netley Railway Station, follow the route directly down Station Road past the Royal British Legion Club. Near the entrance to Netley Lodge Close there is a footpath leading directly into the Seaview estate.
Continue in a direct line through the estate to its junction with New Road. Turn left and on the opposite side of the road you will find an unmarked path. Follow this and emerge near Sedgemead Flats onto Vistoria Road. Here turn left and make your way to the foreshore and Netley Hard. Here you can use the observation platform to enjoy views over Southampton Water. Opposite the Hard you will find Sophie’s Pond where you will find many species of wildfowl.
Enter Royal Victoria Country Park and take a turning on the left, up the service road to the rear of the Park. On your right are the rather splendid former officers’ mess which once housed 55 officers and now private dwellings. You will see Netley Chapel, and the site of the Military Hospital, built in 1856 under the influence of Florence Nightingale.
Bear left and emerge onto Hound Road via the rear entrance. As you leave the park take the unmarked fenced path which will take you back to Netley Railway Station.
Royal Victoria Country Park has many easy access routes, facilities with RADAR locks.
The Cedar Tearooms are open every day from 10am. Parking charges apply at Royal Victoria Country Park Blue badge holders.
- Distance 1.5 miles
- Duration 1 hour
Public Transport: train Netley Station main Southampton to Portsmouth line.
The back entrance to the park is a 5-10 minute walk from the station. Follow the signs outside the station carpark.
- Bus: Bus no 16 goes to Netley Village from Southampton and Hamble. Bus 26 from Hedge End stops in Netley Village. For bus times call 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).
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