This market town in Hampshire has some lovely walks along Portsmouth Harbour and an interesting maritime history. This circular walk in uses a section of the Allan King's Way to visit the Nelson Monument and Fort Nelson near the town. You'll also enjoy a coastal stretch along Portsmouth Harbour.
The walk starts opposite the town quays where you can follow a coastal path around the Cams Hill Estate. Here you can pick up the Allan King's Way and follow it north to the Nelson Monument. The distinctive 120 feet (37 m) high monument sits on Portsdown Hill. It was completed in 1808, shortly after Nelson's death, to "perpetuate the glorious victories of the British Navy".
The route then continues to Fort Nelson which was built as a result of the 1859 Royal Commission by Lord Palmerston to prevent a French land attack. The fort is one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860s, overlooking the important naval base of Portsmouth. The site is now part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery, and a Grade I Listed Building. You can tour the armouries which include French field guns captured at the Battle of Waterloo and fortress guns from India and China. The fort is also in an elevated position so there are fine views over the surrounding countryside and the city of Portsmouth.
After exploring the fort the route then returns to the start point on the same paths.
To continue your walking in the area head east along the Allan King's Way to visit Portchester Castle. The medieval castle has a fascinating history and commands fine views over the harbour. If you head east you can also visit Fort Southwick and Fort Widley.
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Walks near Fareham
- Allan King's Way - Follow this splendid walking path from Portchester to Winchester and enjoy the wonderful Hampshire countryside.
You start off at the medieval Portchester Castle at the head of Portsmouth Harbour
- Portchester Castle - This walk visits the medieval Portchester Castle and the Roman Fort of Portus Adurni near Fareham in Hampshire
- Holly Hill Woodland Park - This short circular walk takes you through the peaceful Holly Hill Woodland Park and along the estuary of the River Hamble.The park has two distinctive areas - Winnards Copse with a more formal landscape, lakes and ornamental exotic species and Cawtes Copse with its mix of native woodland species
- Titchfield Haven - Explore this beautiful coastal nature reserve and enjoy a stroll along the Titchfield Canal on this circular walk near Fareham
- Solent Way - Follow the Solent Way along the beautiful south coast from Milford on Sea to Emsworth.
The route starts off at Milford on Sea and heads along the coastal marshes to Lymington with splendid views of the Isle of Wight
- Forest of Bere - Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this lovely forest near Portsmouth