A short history of the Solent Way
The Solent Way is a 60-mile long-distance coastal walking route from the seaside town of Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour. It passes the hustle and bustle of seafronts, quiet yachting harbours, deserted marshland and saltings.
The Way has been divided into 8 sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between deserted coastal marshes or promenades and candy-floss. Or choose cosy riverside pubs or seaside picnics and shingle beaches with exhilarating views. There are castles and forts to explore, ships, submarines and museums to visit - and always with the smell and sound of the sea beside you. Walk past some of the finest marshes and lagoons in the south. Look for rare species such as foxtail stonewart, lagoon shrimp and starlet sea anemone.
The route is well waymarked with a Tern on a green arrow. Ordnance Survey maps Explorer OL22, 119 and 120 at 1:25 000 scale show the route in detail. These maps show the route with a green diamond and the name Solent Way.
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To the west of the path are the historic docks and three fantastic maritime museums. Portsmouth also has many other attractions worth seeing in the city.
Back to the water's edge, the Way goes past the neck of the harbour. Then it passes Clarence Pier, with its bright lights and arcades, and along to Southsea.
Leave the deckchairs and candy-floss behind and enter the calm of Langstone Harbour and the wild Farlington Marshes. This expanse of coastal grassland is a haven for migrating birds.