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Shalfleet to Yarmouth

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  • Entrance to Shalfleet Manor.
    / Entrance to Shalfleet Manor.
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  • / Western Haven.
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  • / Newtown River.
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  • / Footbridge over Newtown Creek.
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  • / Coastal path towards Yarmouth.
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  • / Bouldnor.
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  • / Yarmouth Bay.
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  • / Yarmouth.
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Starting at Shalfleet Church, the walk follows the western shores of the Newtown River, then along the coast above Bouldnor cliff. From here it descends through woodland into Bouldnor village and along past Yarmouth Bay and into the town itself.
Distance 12.2 km
3:30 h
92 m
115 m
Leaving Shalfleet the route heads out towards the coast, crossing Western Haven, then through Hamstead Woods and reaching the western shore of the Newtown River. From here it heads inland, slightly rising above Hamstead and Bouldnor Cliffs with splendid views across the Solent. Leaving the soft cliffs which suffer from erosion the path descends through more woodland and through the village of Bouldnor. Following the seafront, the route continues on into the delightful ferry town of Yarmouth where the walk finishes.

Author’s recommendation

There are superb views over the Newtown River wetlands and the Solent on today’s walk. Lymington and Hurst Castle spit are clearly visible on the Hampshire coast. Red squirrels are common in the woods around Hamstead and all manner of wading birds inhabit the estuary so take some binoculars just in case.

The coastal path is well signposted so look out for the prominent way markers and your route finding will be easier.

Highest point
62 m
Lowest point
-3 m
Best time of year

Safety information

This section is a gentle walk with few hazards. However, some sections follow roads which can be busy at times, especially in peak season, so care is needed. Along the coastal section the cliffs are soft liable to erosion so take care in wet weather.


Tips and hints

Shalfleet is a small village with few facilities although there is a shop. There are no opportunities for refreshments on the route today so be sure to carry what you need. However the walk is not long and Yarmouth is well provisioned.

Points of Interest

Yarmouth Castle

Built to guard against the French in 1547 by Henry VIII it remained in use until the 1870’s. It offers good views across the Solent and contains exhibitions of 16 th Century life and the many wrecks on this part of the coast.

Tide Mill, Yarmouth

Built in 1793, it replaced an earlier wooden structure dating back to the early 17 th century. It is located at the southern part of Yarmouth, where Thorley Brook enters the River Yar. However, development of the town disturbed the flow of the water and led to the pond silting up and the mill ceased to operate.

 St. James’ Church Yarmouth

The church contains an interesting monument to Admiral Sir Robert Holmes, Governor of the Isle of Wight during the reign of Charles II. The statue, originally of the French king Louis XIV was captured from the ship carrying it and Sir Robert had a likeness of his own head attached instead.,_Yarmouth










St Michaels Church, Shalfleet. (13 m)
OS Grid
SZ 41373 89278
50.701678, -1.415512
50°42'06.0"N 1°24'55.8"W
30U 611891 5617848


Ferry Terminal Ticket Office, Yarmouth.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Standing with your back to the church, TURN LEFT along the main road for nearly 1km. The road is busy so follow the path on the right along the narrow grass verge.

0.80 km – At the coastal path signpost in the hedge, TURN RIGHT over the stile and continue STRAIGHT ON down and over a footbridge. BEAR RIGHT over the bridge and follow the path through the trees and up to the woodland track.

1.30 km – At the track, TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON over the bridge and up the hill.

2.20 km – Just past a small cattle grid in the road, TURN RIGHT onto the signposted track, coastal path and Yarmouth. Continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 1.5 kms keeping an eye out for Red Squirrels in the woods.

3.70 km – At the metal gate continue STRAIGHT ON towards Newtown River, and then TURN LEFT onto the footpath again signposted coastal path and Yarmouth. Follow the path around the inlet and over the wooden boardwalks.

4.40 km – On leaving the boardwalk and inlet behind, BEAR LEFT on the path up through the field and continue STRAIGHT ON , with the hedge to the left. Just before another inlet TURN LEFT over a wooden stile, then BEAR LEFT diagonally across the field.

5.00 km – At the long wooden footbridge, continue STRAIGHT ON to reach the shore. Then TURN LEFT along the shingle beach for approx 0.50 km then BEAR LEFT on the path, up the hill to Hamstead Farm.

6.50 km – At the farm, cross the wooden stile and continue STRAIGHT ON up the track.

6.70 km – On the sharp bend TURN RIGHT, through the metal gate into the field, following the sign for the coastal path and Yarmouth. Continue STRAIGHT ON over several fields, with good views of the Solent and Lymington to the right.

7.10 km – At a wooden stile, BEAR LEFT onto the path and go around a house with a large hedge. Continue STRAIGHT ON to reach a track. 

7.60 km – At the track TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON for a short distance.

7.90 km – At the prominent coastal path signpost to Yarmouth, TURN LEFT up the track for 100m. Then BEAR LEFT onto the signposted woodland path. Continue STRAIGHT ON for just over 1km with the coast to the right. Do not take any of the paths off to the left.

9.10 km – At the footpath diversion sign, cross the wooden stile and follow the path next to the fence, passing the remains of WWII Bouldnor Battery on the left. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the woods, over another wooden boardwalk and down to a track.

10.0 km – At the track TURN LEFT through the gate then almost immediately TURN RIGHT over a stile and continue STRAIGHT ON up the gravel road.

10.3 km – At the end of the gravel road TURN RIGHT onto the main road and continue STRAIGHT ON into Bouldnor. Go past the car park and viewpoint and on towards Yarmouth.

10.6 km – At the end of the metal railings, by the Yarmouth memorial stone, continue STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac road with the sea on the right. Follow the coastal path sign along the High Street.

(If you are overnighting at Jireh House, TURN LEFT at the end of the road onto St James' Square. You will find your accommodation on your right-hand side.) 

12.1 km – At the end of the road TURN RIGHT, onto the square, and then almost immediately TURN LEFT onto Quay Street, towards the ferry terminal.

(If you are overnighting at The George Hotel you will find your hotel on Quay Street on your right-hand side, close to Yarmouth Castle.) 

12.2 km – Arriving at the Ferry Ticket Office, you have reached the end of your walk.











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OS Grid
SZ 41373 89278
50.701678, -1.415512
50°42'06.0"N 1°24'55.8"W
30U 611891 5617848
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Sturdy boots or walking shoes are recommended as there is some road and surfaced track walking on this section. The weather is changeable on the coast so waterproofs should be carried just in case. Some parts of the path can be muddy, especially after wet conditions so walking poles may be an advantage if preferred.


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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