Hurst Castle Spit
Walk along this long shingle spit to one of Henry VIII's Device Forts on this lovely coastal walk in Hampshire. The walk starts at Keyhaven in between The walk starts at Keyhaven in between Lymington and Milford on Sea. You follow the shingle spit for about 1.5 miles out to the castle where there are splendid views of the nearby Isle of Wight and the south coast.
The striking coastal structure is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII between 1541 and 1544. It formed part of the king's Device Forts coastal protection programme against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, and defended the western entrance to the Solent waterway.
English Heritage own the site so you can explore the castle for a reasonable fee. There's interesting exhibitions around the castle which provide you with a chance to piece together Hurst Castle's long history. Highlights include spectacular views from the roof of the Tudor keep across The Needles Passage to the Isle of Wight. The Keep is also notable as the place where Charles I was probably kept prisoner in 1648.
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the sea wall through Keyhaven Marshes towards Lymington. It's about an 8 mile walk to the castle from the town using a lovely section of the Solent Way long distance trail. You can see more details on the Solent Way Walk Lymington.
PostcodeSO41 0TP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hurst Castle Spit Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hurst Castle Spit Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hurst Castle Spit OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hurst Castle Spit Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a nice on site cafe at the castle where you can sit outside and enjoy refreshments. They are open seven-days-a-week from April to the end of October, offering a selection of delicious food from homemade sandwiches and baguettes to soups, ploughmans and toasties.
The spit is a nice place for a dog walk and you can even take them inside the castle grounds.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Seals can sometimes be seen lolling about on the far reaches of the spit so keep your eyes peeled and your camera handy!
The Milford on Sea Walk starts from the car park in the nearby village and visits the fort. There's a lovely 19th century Beach House inn to visit back in Milford as well.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks and New Forest Walks pages.