GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ashlett Creek to Calshot Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This walk takes you along the Ashlett Creek from Ashlett to Calshot Castle in Hampshire.
The walk starts in the village of Ashlett at the village quay. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south east along the creek to Fawley Power Station and the Calshot Marshes Nature Reserve. The reserve is a great place for birdwatching with large numbers of migratory and over-wintering waders and wildfowl. Look out for Wigeon, Teal, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and Dunlin in this area.
After passing the reserve you turn the corner to reach Calshot Castle. This artillery fort constructed byHenry VIIIon theCalshot Spit during the 16th century. You can explore the castle and Calshot Beach before returning to Ashlett on the same paths.
To continue your walking simply head south west along the coast to visit the lovely Lepe Country Park.This coastal park has lovely beach walks and views of the Isle of Wight over the Solent.

Ashlett Creek to Calshot Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west there's the lovely Exbury Gardens to explore. There's 200 acres of flowers and rare plants with good surfaced footpaths provided.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks, New Forest Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Victoria Quay and Ashlett Mill - geograph.org.uk - 331713

Victoria Quay and Ashlett Mill. Looking towards Ashlett Mill on the restored Victoria Quay. The mill is a three storey brick building with a tiled mansard roof, rebuilt in 1816. It is now home to the Ashlett Club, part of the Waterside Sports and Social Club.

Saltmarsh south of Ashlett Creek - geograph.org.uk - 331679

Saltmarsh south of Ashlett Creek. Looking across Southampton Water from the edge of 'dry land' across the saltmarsh. The mouth of Ashlett Creek can be seen in the distance in the middle of the photo.

Ponies south of ESSO sailing club, Ashlett Creek - geograph.org.uk - 331691

Ponies south of ESSO sailing club, Ashlett Creek. These ponies are grazing the field on the edge of the saltmarsh at the creek. Beyond the animals is the fenced boat pound of the ESSO sailing club.

Submerged barge in saltmarsh, Ashlett Creek - geograph.org.uk - 331729

Submerged barge in saltmarsh, Ashlett Creek. Looking across Southampton Water from the shore near Ashlett. In the foreground an old barge wallows in the mud of the saltmarsh. Out in the shipping lane a Red Funnel ferry is making its way to Southampton from Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Edge of Calshot Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 307019

Edge of Calshot Marshes. The bollards in the foreground are two of a series that stretch from the power station fence down to the shore. In the far distance is the Marine Terminal of the ESSO oil refinery.

Groynes on Calshot beach - geograph.org.uk - 206692

Groynes on Calshot beach. A view northeast from one of the wooden groynes on Calshot beach. At low tide a large area of shingle and mud is exposed, as can be seen here. In the distance a Red Funnel ferry is emerging from Southampton Water on its way to Cowes.

Calshot Marshes nature reserve - geograph.org.uk - 306989

Calshot Marshes nature reserve. Looking across Calshot Marshes from the path along the shore, towards the end of the spit (with the old hangars and coastguard tower). This is a typical salt marsh, formed in the lee of Calshot Spit at the mouth of Southampton Water.

Sea wall, Calshot Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1778430

Sea wall, Calshot Castle. The castle, built 1539, is surrounded by a moat (seen here on the left) and separated from the Solent by the substantial wall on which the photographer is standing.

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