Hayling Billy Trail

Important information

The Hayling Ferry has ceased to operate. Therefore the Billy Trail cannot currently be used as a through route to Portsmouth - use NCN22 / 222 / Solent Way via Broadmarsh and Eastern Road instead.


The Hayling Billy Trail is a footpath which runs from Havant town centre (New Lane level crossing) southwards through Langstone and onto Hayling Island where it becomes the Hayling Billy Coastal Path. The route of the Trail mostly follows the old 'Hayling Billy' Railway which closed in 1963. It has recently become part of Hampshire's newest long distance footpath, the Shipwright's Way.

The Hayling Billy Trail is being upgraded in stages as finance becomes available to provide part of the National Cycle Network route 2 being developed by Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity.

The upgrade was first proposed in 1995 and although it has been scaled down from earlier proposals (which included a new bridge onto Hayling Island) it is still one of the area's largest sustainable infrastructure projects currently comprising the following main elements:
  • Phase 1 - Havant town centre to Langstone - completed August 2002
  • Phase 1A - Fairfield Road to Havant Station car park - completed October 2003
  • Phase 1B - Havant Station car park - completed Autumn 2006
  • Phase 2 - Hayling Bridge to West Town - ongoing maintenance of the section wholly on Hayling Island. This is a permissive bridleway and thus has a different surface standard to the rest of the route. Stage 1 improvements at the north end were completed in June 2014, further improvements start on 7th July
  • Phase 3 - Langstone to Hayling Bridge - completed 2010
  • Phase 3A - Langstone Bridge shared footways - completed 2003
  • Phases 4N and 4S - north and south approaches to Langstone Bridge - completed June 2014.

This site also contains the following information:

  • History of the Hayling Billy railway
  • Background to the overall project

The project is designed and managed by Havant Borough Council in partnership with Sustrans, Hampshire County Council and Veolia.