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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This section of the Way runs along the shoreline passing the old waterside village of Langstone. Look out for its delightful heritage quayside, pubs and a picturesque millhouse.
Walk past Warblington Castle, with its gruesome tales, and the church with a grave-watcher's hut. Continue across the fields and through the woods to finish at the fishing village of Emsworth, with its curious millponds.
Emsworth was once famous for its oyster fishing fleet. It now offers a wide range of shops to wander around and a good selection of eating places. This is the perfect spot for a relaxing seafood meal.