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 County Council has produced a walking strategy to encourage the growth of walking across the County.
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.
Road safety advice for child pedestrians and cyclists from Hampshire County Council.
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 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)
Shipwrights Way (Alice Holt Forest - Portsmouth, 50 miles)
Solent Way (Emsworth - Milford on Sea, 60 miles)
Staunton Way (Staunton Country Park - Queen Elizabeth Country Park, 20 miles)
Sussex Border Path (Emsworth - Rye, 150 miles)
Wayfarers Walk (Emsworth - Newbury, 70 miles)
For the serious walker (437 miles in England alone), the European Coastal Path passes through the Borough on its route between Portugal and Estonia!