King Charles III England Coast Path

The King Charles III England Coast Path is a long-distance National Trail running around the coast of England. In Hampshire a 52 mile stretch of the Path is now open and forms part of a nationwide project that will eventually become the longest walking route in the world.

For over 50 years, the King has expressed his concern for the environment so it was a fitting tribute to commemorate his Coronation by dedicating Britain’s longest national trail, with its unique access to nature, to our new King.

In Hampshire you can now walk from Calshot to Portsmouth via Gosport.

The Calshot to Portsmouth section starts at Calshot Spit where you can visit Calshot Activities Centre.

Walkers reaching Hythe can take the ferry to Southampton Town Quay before heading to Woolston and nearby Netley Abbey, the remains of a 13th century monastery and Royal Victoria Country Park.

Continuing through to Hamble, at low tide you can view the remains of St Andrews Castle a 16th Century Henrician Castle built to defend the Solent by Henry VIII.

Walkers can cross the River Hamble using the Hamble-Warsash Pink Ferry and head through the Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve.

Especially worth a visit in winter is Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve which you will pass by on your walk as you head towards Gosport.

Finally, you can walk to historic Portchester, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour where you can also visit Portchester Castle or Wicor Nature Reserve.

Events in 2023

A number of events are planned throughout 2023 around the English coast to celebrate the King Charles III England Coast Path and engage local communities. The events are free and open to all. You can find details of all events at King Charles III England Coast Path - Celebrations - National Trails.

Coastal Margins

Not only will the Coast Path create an uninterrupted walking route around the coast, but it will also create a coastal margin which will allow ‘open access’ to the coast to people on foot.

The margin includes all land between the trail and the sea and gives rights of access on foot for people.

In the coastal margin, you’ll usually have new rights to enjoy areas like beaches. Some areas will not have such rights because they’re:

  • excepted land, such as cropped land or buildings and their courtyards or gardens
  • not suitable for public access, such as a saltmarsh or mudflat (s25 exclusion)
  • not suitable for public access due to nature conservation or heritage preservation (section 26 exclusion)

For further information see the National Trails website.

King Charles III England Coast Path logo 

Hampshire Information

Details of excluded areas in Hampshire:

Map of Exclusions - Calshot to-Hythe

Direction Notice - Calshot to Hythe

Map of Exclusions - Itchen to Hamble

Direction Notice - Itchen to Hamble

Map of Exclusions - Hamble to Titchfield

Direction Notice - Hamble to Titchfield

Map of Exclusions - Portsmouth Harbour

Direction Notice - Portsmouth Harbour

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    • Temporarily closed
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    • Restricted use