Meeting at the Portsmouth Wightlink ferry terminal, we will start with a little public transport before striding across the verdant pastures near Brading on the Isle of Wight, and climbing Brading Down before a lunch stop in the pub. The second half of the walk drops down onto the coast path and winds around the eastern end of the island before a long beach-walk back to Ryde.
Portsmouth Harbour Station (Wightlink ferry terminal)
Park on the Gosport Side and get the Gosport Ferry Across, or park in Gunwharf Quays. The Ferry costs about £20 return.
Take a break from it all with a short camping trip to Exmoor.
We'll take one car (hence the limited numbers) and drive to a campsite on Exmoor on Friday evening after work (ideally early enough to pitch the tents in daylight). We'll do a long walk (roughly 13-15 miles) on the Saturday, and a short walk (7-9 miles) on the Sunday morning, before driving back on Sunday afternoon/evening. Costs are approx £30 per person plus food.
The cut-off date for registration is the 12th August.
Locations are provisional, They will be agreed via e-mail once I know who's coming.
August payday (for most people) is on a Friday - so what better way to celebrate than a few drinks and trip to a few bars, if people are in the mood. I will book a table for 19:00 based on the number of people that sign up by 20th August. If you want to eat, you have to book! If you are a new member, or you are unsure of how to book on the website, email/text me and I'll add you. If you just want to come for drinks, we should be done eating by 20:00 so come to meet us then!
The Ramblers isn’t just about walking – it’s also about looking after paths, opening up green space and encouraging everyone to get outside.
We have organised for the Hampshire 2030s Ramblers to assist the Hampshire Ramblers with footpath maintenance on Hamble Common.
The Eastleigh Ramblers are planning to lay a new footpath surface, but need to clear the vegetation first.
There will be a short walk around Hamble Common on Wednesday 29th August to find out more about the tasks.
You must also be a member of the Ramblers – this is to ensure that we are insured for the activities we are undertaking.
Please sign-up for this event, so that we are able to know the exact numbers and who to expect on the day.
Any questions, please let me know.
The walk is at the northern edge of Portsea island. We will follow the Solent Way footpath around the outer sea wall. Along the unspoilt Marshes at Farlington Nature Reserve, popular for bird watching. The Solent Way path continues on the banks of Langstone Harbour to skirt the edge of Havant before coming to the beautiful village of Langstone. We will take the bridge to Hayling Island, and walk on and around the banks of Chichester Harbour to finish at the town of Emsworth on the Sussex border, the end of the Solent Way. We will stop for a drink in Emsworth before getting the train back to Cosham, where we will enjoy the last remaining 2 miles of the walk, along the Hilsea Lines. A military site surrounding the fortifications of Hilsea Lines ancient monument, this popular walking spot includes woodland, meadows and fresh brackish lakes. It is remarkable that it contains the only area of woodland on Portsea Island.
Farlington Marsh Car Park. PO6 1UN. Next to the Solent Way
Driving: The car park can be reached from the eastern Portsmouth A27 roundabout (signed for the A2030). Exit immediately from the roundabout.
Cycle: The Portsmouth to Havant cycleway runs along the northern edge of the reserve on the south side of the A27. There are bike racks at each entrance.
Rail: Hilsea train station is 1½ miles away. Cosham is about 2 miles away. Trains are every 30 minutes.
Bus: The 21 service runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Havant. The closest stop is by Farlington Sainsbury's (north of A27) which is a 15 + min walk to the reserve.
There are three car parks. Parking can sometimes be busy. Alternative parking could be found at the at: 1. Another small car park further south along the Eastern Road and walk. 2. Local residential parking in Farlington. 3. Either train station. 4. Ports Creek Bridge Car Park adjacent to Hilsea ‘Portsbridge’ Roundabout, nearest postcode PO2 9RR with a 1 1/2 mile walk through Hilsea lines. 5. Hilsea lido opposite. 6. The Portsmouth Tax office: Lynx House, 1 Northern Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3XB and take the Hilsea Lines footpath.
Please consider car sharing or allowing time for parking.
We will meet at the third car park, closest to the nature reserve.