Today’s route is courtesy of one of our outdoors-loving colleagues, Ian Corps.
Length of route:
Approx 14 miles.
Various, see text below.
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As this is a circular route you can start at any point, however, there are a number of convenient car parks along the route, not to mention pubs. The most scenic point to start is at ‘The Ship’ at Langstone Bridge. There is a free public car park here but it does get busy.
Cross the bridge heading towards the island, using the cycle way along the pavement, After the bridge there is a sign posted path, on the right, that leads to ‘The Hayling Billy Trail’ this is a disused railway that has been converted to a path, for walkers, cyclist and horse riders, follow this to its end, about 4 kms. Cross into Staunton Ave then turn right along sea front until you reach the ferry terminal.
Join the foot ferry for the short journey to Eastney, the ferry is designed to take cycles. Upon disembarking continue along Ferry Road, turn right into Henderson Road. Cut across the park on your right (Brandsbury Park) into Iron Bridge Lane, at the end turn right into Locksway Road.
A path leaves Locksway Road next to the ‘Thatched House’ pub, don’t be misled it does not have a thatched roof. Continue along the path passing the old locks and follow the sea shore. After about 1.5 km you will join the Eastern Road, this is a busy road but has a dedicated cycle path along the pavement. Continue North until you reach the large roundabout, turn right into the car park and a dedicated cycle route will take you along the top of Farlington Marshes, this is a recognised haven for birds.
At the end of the cycle path continue East along Harts Farm Way, again there is a cycle way along the pavement. At the junction with Southmoor Lane turn south into Southmoor Lane, then right into Penner Way.
At the end of Penner Way a path will continue East for about 100 m before you turn right onto another path heading South.
Cross the small bridge on your right into Mill Lane, you will then come to the ‘Hayling Billy Trail’ again, join this and after about 0.5 km you will arrive opposite ‘The Ship’, where you started.
Earlier this year I was involved with the running of a series of Ordnance Survey map reading workshops across Great Britain. One topic that regularly cropped up was rights of way – where can I go walking? Today on the Ordnance Survey blog I hope to be able to answer that question for you.
When we’re compiling the information for our maps we talk to a variety of other organisations and groups that provide different data-sets to link with the maps. When our surveyors are on the ground, or when our cartographers take information from the aerial photography that our plane has taken, they can’t always tell what the rights of way in that area are. We work with local authorities and national bodies (such as Sustrans and Natural England) to bring the information together for the maps. The maps are as accurate as they can be with the information that we have to hand at the time of the map being printed.
First of all – let’s have a look at the map and see what that tells us. What we’re looking at is the “Communications” section on the map legend. Here we can see the different types of roads and paths and public rights of way.