Week 8 round up – Hamble to Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th November 2018

Hamble to Town Quay, Southampton 7.59 miles (plus 1.5 miles to my accommodation)
Town Quay, Southampton to Calshot RNLI station (via So’ton to Hythe ferry) 9.36 miles (plus 1.5 miles from my accommodation)
Calshot RNLI to Beaulieu 11.11 miles
Beaulieu to Lymington 11.00 miles
Yarmouth ferry to Compton Chine 12.04 miles

Total miles 54.1

 

Hamble Common

 

Weston shore

 

Calshot spit

 

The Watch House, Lepe. Once used as a look out post to combat smuggling, now a private residence

 

Lepe

 

Solent Way, Beaulieu

 

The boardwalk, running alongside the Beaulieu River

 

Coastal path, Norton, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

 

Coastal erosion between Yarmouth and Compton Chine IOW

 

Yarmouth to Compton Chine

 

Yarmouth to Compton Chine

Week 7 roundup – Prinsted, Chichester to Hamble

Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th November 2018

Prinsted to Langstone (around Thorney Island) 11.01 miles
Langstone to Hayling Island RNLI station 10.01 miles
Hayling Island ferry to Portsmouth docks 5.07
Gosport ferry to Hamble 16.00 miles

A short week due to a sight-seeing stop over in Portsmouth

Total miles 42.09

Thorney Island footpath gate

 

Much of Thorney Island is MOD land so off limits to walkers. Straying from the footpath is prohibited.

 

Langstone Mill, built in sections between 1720 and 1832, was a working mill until WWI

 

Hayling Island beach hut

 

Hayling Island beach huts

 

Gosport benches

 

Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport

 

Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport

 

Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport

 

Lee on Solent

 

Looking back where I’ve walked. Lee on Solent

 

Warsash to Hamble ferry

Week 6 roundup – Littlehampton to Prinsted, Chichester

Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th November

Littlehampton to Pagham 13.84 miles
Pagham to Bracklesham, East Wittering 15.82 miles
Bracklesham to Chichester canal basin 14.04 miles
Chichester marina to Chidham 10.67 miles
Chidham to Prinsted 6.32 miles

Total miles 60.69

 

Littlehampton’s The Long Bench by Studio Weave

 

RSPB Pagham Harbour

 

West Wittering

 

West Wittering

 

West Wittering to Itchenor

 

West Wittering to Itchenor

 

Chidham to Prinsted

 

Chidham to Prinsted

Week 5 roundup – Pevensey Bay to Worthing

Wednesday 31st October to Tuesday 6th November

Pevensey Bay to Birling Gap 12.59 miles
Birling Gap to Newhaven 13.25 miles
Newhaven to Hove 13.39 miles
Hove to Worthing 10.02 miles
Worthing to Littlehampton 8.71 miles

Total miles 57.96

Highs

  • Watching the waves from the viewing platform splash Birling Gap’s beautiful white cliffs.
  • Beachy head and the Seven Sisters. Although I inwardly groan when I see a steep uphill section, I actually rather enjoy the effort of trying to maintain a steady rhythm and getting to the top. The views are usually worth it too.
  • Having to company of Jon (ex Sussex Search and Rescue, now RNLI) on the Birling Gap to Newhaven leg. Always lovely to have the company of someone who knows the area.
Seven sisters

 

It’s always a good idea to look behind from time to time. This lighthouse was hidden from the other direction.

 

Birling Gap

 

Viewing platform at Birling Gap

 

Newhaven bench

 

Approaching Brighton

 

Approaching Brighton

 

Shoreham local heroes sculpture with the Adur Ferry bridge in the background

 

Winching the Shoreham lifeboat back into its boathouse after a training exercise

 

 

Week 4 roundup – St Mary’s Bay to Pevensey Bay

Wednesday 24th October to Tuesday 30th

St Mary’s Bay to Lydd 11.54 miles
Lydd to Rye 11.75 miles
Rye to Hastings 12.85 miles
Hastings to Pevensey Bay 12.29 miles

Total mileage 48.43

Highs

  • One of the best things about this walk is the people I meet along the way. For example, whilst near the National Trust South Foreland Lighthouse near Dover (on top of the White Cliffs) I asked a couple of women whether I was on the right path. We got chatting and the next minute I’m sharing tea and cake with them in the cafe (thanks to Rose and Anne 😊).
  • The chalk trails and stunning views on the White Cliffs of Dover. After the flat promenades I’d been walking on it made a lovely change to hike on the undulating terrain more suited to my trail running shoes

Lows

  • Leaving Eric and Thelma’s. After the support they gave me, with B&B, route planning, and company whist walking, I felt a little vulnerable on my own in contrast.

 

Rye wall art

 

Hastings cockle club

 

Old building in Hastings

 

The mural at my B&B, Pevensey Bay

 

 

Week 3 roundup – Ramsgate to St Mary’s Bay

Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd October

Ramsgate to Deal 14.13 miles
Deal to Dover 11.87 miles
Dover to Sandgate 9.66 miles
Sandgate to St Mary’s Bay 10.12 miles

Total mileage ~46

Highs

  • Having 2 days in Deal. Visiting the small but beautifully formed local museum and being given a tour of Deal by my very attentive host, yet another kind and generous member of Kent Search and Rescue.
  • The walk through the National Trust’s White Cliffs of Dover. Exactly the sort of trail I love; undulating, slightly challenging underfoot due to uneven nature, and stunning views. My trail running shoes were made for this and it felt great.
  • The exceptional support given to me by local litter picking gurus, Eric and Thelma, who not only invited me to stay for a few nights, allowing me to walk with just a day sack rather than my 10-11kg 50l jobbie, but drove me to the start points and collected me at the end.
  • Being bought a cup of tea and a cake in the National Trust’s lighthouse tea shop near Dover by 2 ladies I bumped into and got talking to.

Lows

  • None 🙂
Old lifeboat at Deal museum

 

Side street in Deal

 

Painted lift door, Ramsgate

 

“Hand and molecule” sculpture, Ramsgate

 

Pegwell Bay beach huts

 

Sandwich, a Medieval Cinque Port

 

White Cliffs Country Trail, Dover