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.
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
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.
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)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- 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.