7 Best Easy Coastal Walks in Hampshire

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Welcome to the best coastal walks in Hampshire. These Hampshire coastal walks make for a great day out, and are brilliant for some cheap entertainment too. 

Whether you’re looking for dog walks in Hampshire, circular walks in Hampshire or just the best coastal Hampshire walks, then I’ve been and done all of these so let me know if you have any questions at all. 

Check out these tips for walking and hiking Hampshire to find the best routes.

The Best Coastal Walks in Hampshire

Check out this list for the best walks in Hampshire along the coast.

1. Walk Farlington Marshes 

Going round Farlington Marshes is one of the best circular walks in Hampshire. It’ll take you less than two hours and you can see all kinds of birds, and great views over to Portsmouth.

I’ve written a guide to the essentials you need to know before you walk round Farlington Marshes, so I won’t go into it here. 

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– Farlington Marshes is one of the windiest walks in Hampshire!

Basically, it’s a really great easy breezy walk that’s flat and straightforward and you’ll see cows too. Plenty of parking nearby too. 

Dogs aren’t allowed on this Hampshire walk, so you’re free to wander without the threat of dog poo – yay! 

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2. Walking the Southsea Coast

Walking along the Southsea Coast is definitely one of my favourite Hampshire walks. You can start and finish where you like, but you can’t really go wrong because you can just follow the sea. 

Walking by the sea is one of the best ways to safeguard your winter wellbeing.

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– Walking along Southsea Beach is definitely one of the tastiest Hampshire hikes!

If you are wondering where to start I’d suggest Southsea Marina – free parking and a pretty beginning. Then you can wander along the south coast, all the way to Old Portsmouth. It is about five miles away but there are plenty of great things to see along the way. 

Enjoy Southsea Pier, Clarence Pier, the D-Day Story Museum, and some incredible views to the Isle of Wight. I just like watching the boats and hovercrafts coming in to be honest. And if you can’t be bothered to walk back – Ubers are cheap here!

Southsea is totally underrated. So underrated in fact, we’ve added it to our list of the best off the beaten track spots in England.

3. Thorney Island Walk

Technically Thorney Island can’t actually be classified as a ‘Hampshire walk’ seeing as it’s in West Sussex, but it’s close enough, and I’ve written a guide to the Thorney Island Walk here so I want to include it. 

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– Thorney Island makes for a great Hampshire coastal walk

Basically Thorney Island is MOD property and so you can only walk round the edge, and you need to be beeped in. TBH it all adds to the excitement. 

Check out my article on walking Thorney Island to see what to expect from the walk.

I even made a video too. Check it out below…

4. Walk up Portsdown Hill 

Hike up Portsdown Hill and you’ll get fantastic views over the Hampshire coast, rather than actually walking on the Hampshire Coast. 

– Hike up to Portsdown Hill for one of the best walks in Hampshire

You can park at the bottom and walk up pretty easily. There are different options depending on whether you want to walk steep and short, or a more leisurely walk up a lesser gradient.

5. Walk round Hayling Island 

Hayling Island is often described as ‘stuck in its ways’ or I’ve even read ‘a land time forgot’ – I think that’s a little harsh. But it’s definitely the opposite of a bustling metropolis, and perfect for anyone looking for a charming seaside to walk along. 

One of the best Hampshire hikes you can do is to park up your car near Inn on the Beach, and then walk around Hayling Island going anti clockwise as far as you can. You’ll see some stunning views out to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight from Hayling Island if you walk the coast.

Check out this GPS route for the Hayling Island walking route.

And if you want to know more about all the things to do on Hayling Island, then this is the post for you.

6. Walk from Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea

The walk from Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea is absolutely, definitely one of the best coastal walks in Hampshire. The coast off the New Forest is just stunning.

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– There are so many New Forest walks to enjoy, but this is one of the best along the coast

It’s easy to do the walk, just park up at one end and walk to the other along the coastal path. The trouble comes in how to get back again, unless you just turn round and walk the hour or so of course. 

You can walk the Hampshire coast from Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea by beach path, or up on the cliff top. Do it on a sunny day to enjoy those clear views over to the Isle of Wight.

7. Langstone Harbour

The area of ‘Langstone Harbour’ encapsulates quite a bit of the coast to the east of Hampshire. There’s a lot of activity here – from fishing boats, dinghies, watersports, jet skiing and canoeing.

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– You can walk all the way round Langstone Harbour for a great Hampshire coastal walk

Langstone Harbour is one of my favourite places to go paddleboarding in Hampshire, as you’re sheltered from the worst of the wind – depending on which way it’s coming in.

“Langstone Harbour is a 2,085.4-hectare (5,153-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Hampshire. It is an inlet of the English Channel in Hampshire, sandwiched between Portsea Island to the south and west, Hayling Island to the south and east, and Langstone to the north.”


Walking around Langstone Harbour is one of my favourite Hampshire walks as you can see for so far, and the murkier the weather, the more interesting the views are.

Langstone Harbour Walk
– Take your paddle board on your coastal walk in Hampshire to get in the water!

It’s a certified special area for wildlife here and you can see a whole host on the 14-mile Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk. Start from Ferry Point Eastney, walk around the whole loop of Langstone Harbour, and use the ferry to return.

Or, just pick up wherever you feel like along the route and wander till you can’t anymore. There are a few car parks along the way too.

More active things to do in Hampshire

How about going paddleboarding in Hampshire, checking out some of the county’s cosy pubs, or relaxing on some of the best beaches in England?

More coastal Hampshire walks to do  

These are all on my to do list, let me know if you’ve managed to do any!

  1. Portchester Harbour
  2. Hill Head Beach 
  3. Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley
  4. River Hamble Country Park on the Hamble River
  5. Calshot Beach to Lepe
  6. Stokes Bay Alverstoke 
  7. The Solent Way


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