Milford on Sea Walks
This Hampshire based coastal village is a lovely place for a walk. There's a village green, a lovely beach, a good selection of shops and cafes, and fine views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight and The Needles.
This walk from the village takes you to some of the local highlights including Hurst Castle Spit, Keyhaven Marshes and the neghbouring town of Lymington.
The walk starts on the sea front in the town, where there are a number of public car parks. From here you can pick up the Solent Way and follow the waymarked footpath south east along the coast to Sturt Pond and Hurst Castle. The striking coastal structure is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII between 1541 and 1544.
The route then returns to the coastal path where you continue east to the Keyhaven Marshes. There's a lovely walking and cycling trail here heading along the sea wall. On one side there's views of the Isle of Wight while on the other there's the marshes where you can see a wide variety of birdlife.
The route continues north east through Pennington Marshes, Oxey Marsh, The Salterns, Normandy and Waterford where you will pass through the pretty marina. Soon after you arrive at Lymington where you can catch the ferry over to the Isle of Wight.
Milford on Sea Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Milford on Sea Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Milford on Sea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Milford on Sea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Beach House is a good choice for some refreshments in the village. It's an inn of some note being a Grade II listed building dating back to 1897. The exquisite house was built for Alexander Siemens (who created the world’s first public electricity supply at Godalming) as a summer house for his family. Outside there's a wonderful large garden area where you can enjoy splendid coastal views with your meal. You can find them on Park Lane at postcode SO41 0PT for your sat navs.
The walk is a nice one to do with your dog with lots of people taken their pet on the pebble beach and along the sea wall path. Please keep them on a short lead around Hurst Castle though. The Beach House mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Bournemouth Coast Path passes through the area. You could pick this up and head west to visit Barton on Sea and the nearby Highcliffe Castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks and New Forest Walks pages.