We are supporting the County Council with the development of a comprehensive network of rights of way which often include dedicated cycle facilities. The borough is ideally suited to the development of walking and cycling infrastructure with a level coastal plain, modern roads, beautiful countryside and good interchange with mainline railways. And of course, 10,000 steps a day means that for most people, you'll need to take no other exercise in order to keep fit!
- Hampshire Walking Strategy (external link)
Hampshire County Council has produced a walking strategy to encourage the growth of walking across the County.
- Countryside Access Plan (external link)
Hampshire County Council works with residents and landowners to find out what people think about local rights of way and other access to the countryside and what should be done to improve them. The result is the Hampshire Countryside Access Plan, which identifies the issues in Hampshire and suggests what should be done to improve access to the countryside.
- Cycle and Walk Safely (external link)
Road safety advice for child pedestrians and cyclists from Hampshire County Council.
- Footpaths and other Rights of Way (external link)
Plans of the rights of way network across Hampshire from Hampshire County Council.
- Who can use which path? (external link)
Different types of path can be used by different groups - pedestrians, or cyclists, or equestrians, or all three. Check who can use what (use together with the online mapping link to check status of a route).
- Plan a walking route (external link)
Plan a route by bike or on foot using the online route planning system from WalkIt.
Long Distance Paths
Some of the paths and rights of way in the area have been designated as 'Long Distance Paths' which are route marked with sign posts or direction arrows. This allows the recreational walker to follow the path as part of an itinerary, maybe taking some days to complete the walk! The walks together form a network of valuable leisure routes.
Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk (14 miles) (external link)
Shipwrights Way (Alice Holt Forest - Portsmouth, 50 miles) (external link)
Solent Way (Emsworth - Milford on Sea, 60 miles) (external link)
Staunton Way (Staunton Country Park - Queen Elizabeth Country Park, 20 miles) (external link)
Sussex Border Path (Emsworth - Rye, 150 miles) (external link)
Wayfarers Walk (Emsworth - Newbury, 70 miles) (external link)
For the serious walker (437 miles in England alone), the European Coastal Path passes through the Borough on its route between Portugal and Estonia!
- European Coastal Path (external link)