You will need a bit of stamina and some comfortable shoes for this one as the spit is about 3 miles long and made up of loose shingle. There is limited free parking on the road at the beginning of the spit but it get very busy on nice days. More parking is available on the cliff-tops and in the village. Setting off along Hurst Spit you get an incredible sense of openness, with Keyhaven marshes on the left (a site of Special Scientific Interest) and the wide open sea of Christchurch Harbour on your right with the Isle of Wight and Needles providing a stunning back-drop! This walk is quite exposed and can get cold!
Once at the end of the spit you will be rewarded with remarkable views down the Solent towards Portsmouth and a stunning 360 degree panorama of sea, sky and nature! Be sure to pay a visit to Hurst Castle - tickets are available in the office just inside the entrance hall.
TIP - there is also a little ferry that run from Keyhaven harbour wall out to Hurst Castle. The boats run frequently, depending on the season, the weather and demand. Tickets can be bought on the boat.
The route takes you along a winding sea-wall all the way from Keyhaven to Lymington marina, where you can continue into the town. The sea-wall can be accessed via a footpath in Keyhaven, opposite the Gun Inn pub and just behind the main Keyhaven car park.
Keyhaven itself has a main pay and display car park or you can park in Milford and walk along the road to Keyhaven, which takes about 20 minutes - take care on the road as it's quite narrow in places.
As with the walk above, this is quite exposed and can be a bit chilly if there is a breeze, so take some warm clothes.
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Visitor's Guide to Milford
A lovely scenic walk of about 3 miles each way, on a mixture of hard path, grass and earth track.
Start this walk either from Milford on Sea village or one of the cliff-top car parks dotted along the main Milford Road. The walk is very popular, especially on a nice day. The views are stunning, with wide open vista's across Christchurch Harbour to Bournemouth and on a good day, to Poole and Studland in the distance. In the other direction, the Isle of Wight and its famous 'Needles Rocks are clearly visible. Strolling along the high cliffs also gives you a great view along Milford beach with its bright blue sea and scattered beach huts.
Once you reach Barton on Sea there are numerous little shops, cafes and restaurants.
Walking is definately the best way to enjoy all that Milford and the surrounding area has to offer, and best of all it's FREE!! Leave the car in one of the many car parks dotted conveniently in and around the village and cliff-tops and take to your feet for some fresh air and spectacular scenery.
For such a small place, the options for walking are huge! There are miles of beautiful cliff-top walks from Milford - to the west it's possible to walk as far as Bournemouth, to the east you can eventually get to Lymington via Keyhaven. As a local, I can highly recommended a couple of walks to try. If you also want to explore further afield this is a great map of the New Forest area.
You can download and print free walking guides for Milford on Sea from the Walking in Hants website
Pop into one of the two Village Newsagents, Inger-lises Coffee Shop or the Community Centre to pick up a copy of the Nature Reserve Walks Maps at a cost of £1
For organised walking tours in the local area, click here.