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.
Different types of path can be used by different groups - pedestrians, or cyclists, or equestrians, or all three.
The County council’s Rights of Way map not only shows where footpaths, bridleways and other rights of way run, as well as the routes of recognised Long Distance Paths (see below), but also allows you to report any problems that you might find whilst you’re out enjoying the countryside, to help make the paths more usable for everyone.
Additional and upgraded walking infrastructure has been identified in the emerging Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).
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)