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Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort

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Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort
Author: mikeadams, Published: 03 Jun 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guidestar1 Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guidestar1 Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guidestar1 Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guidestar0 Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guide
Hampshire, Gosport
Walk Type: Coastal
Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guide boot Stokes Bay to Gilkicker Fort Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk along the coast at Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire. Some beach walking, but much along pathways and the promenade. With fantastic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight, this walk takes you on a journey initially through Stanley Park, out to Stokes Bay and along the coast to Gilkicker Fort at the end of the bay. Great views of shipping in the Solent and shipping approaching the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.The walk is relatively flat and there are no stiles or gates to negotiate.

From the East
Travel out of Gosport on Privett Road (the B3333) until you reach a roundabout (the Cocked Hat pub is on your right). Take your first left into Gomer Lane. Follow the road round. Just before you reach Bay House School you will see a lay-by by the entrance to Stanley Park on the left. Approximate postcode PO12 2QN.

From the North
Travel into Gosport down Military Avenue until you reach a roundabout (the Cocked Hat pub is on your left). Take the second exit into Gomer Lane. Follow the road round. Just before you reach Bay House School you will see a lay-by by the entrance to Stanley Park on the left. Approximate postcode PO12 2QN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Stokes Bay View
Start to Stokes Bay View

Start point: 50.7887 lat, -1.163 long
End point: 50.785 lat, -1.1619 long

The walk starts by the entrance to Stanley Park (parking is available in the lay-by near the entrance to the park or in the public car park 400m down towards the coast).

Enter the park and follow the path, you will see Bay House School on the right. The path bends left and at a T junction of paths within the park, turn right through some gates and walk past the Alverbank Hotel on your left. Follow the road through out to the seafront.

Stokes Bay View to Cross to the Common
Stokes Bay View to Cross to the Common

Start point: 50.785 lat, -1.1619 long
End point: 50.7835 lat, -1.1548 long

As you come out of the trees by the Alverbank Hotel you will reach Stokes Bay ahead. By the red bin, turn to the left and follow a long grassy walkway that runs for several hundred metres. Towards the end of the grassy walkway you turn right and head towards a road. You are heading towards the sea now.

Cross to the Common to Sailing Club
Cross to the Common to Sailing Club

Start point: 50.7835 lat, -1.1548 long
End point: 50.7818 lat, -1.1543 long

Carefully cross the road and follow the footpath towards the seafront (with a car park on your right). As you follow the path you will see the sailing club ahead of you and The Pebbles restaurant. Walk up and on to the promenade and turn left in front of the sailing club, with the sea now on your right.

Sailing Club to Lifeboat Station
Sailing Club to Lifeboat Station

Start point: 50.7818 lat, -1.1543 long
End point: 50.7784 lat, -1.1494 long

With the white sailing club building on your left continue down the promenade with the sea remaining on your right. There are excellent views along this stretch of the Solent and across to the Isle of Wight. Further down the prom you will see the inshore lifeboat station.

Lifeboat Station to Gilkicker Fort Lookout
Lifeboat Station to Gilkicker Fort Lookout

Start point: 50.7784 lat, -1.1494 long
End point: 50.7747 lat, -1.1426 long

Proceed straight ahead in front of the lifeboat building and onwards to join a stone track that winds across the common towards Gilkicker, a large mound that you will see in the distance. Keep the sea to your right.

Gilkicker Fort Lookout to Portsmouth Harbour Approach
Gilkicker Fort Lookout to Portsmouth Harbour Approach

Start point: 50.7747 lat, -1.1426 long
End point: 50.775 lat, -1.1355 long

Walk along the gravel track and follow it round to the left of Gilkicker Fort.

Fort Gilkicker is a historic Palmerston fort built at the eastern end of Stokes Bay, Gosport to dominate the key anchorage of Spithead. It was erected between 1863 and 1871. Now it stands empty with a coastal radar station at the top. You can clamber up the bank to obtain great views of the surrounding scenery.

Continue round the left-hand side of the fort on the track which winds round to the right towards the sea. Walk towards the sea and then you will see a further promenade along the beach - join this and again keep the sea to you right. In the distance you will see a fence that runs out into the sea.

Portsmouth Harbour Approach to No2 Battery West
Portsmouth Harbour Approach to No2 Battery West

Start point: 50.775 lat, -1.1355 long
End point: 50.7861 lat, -1.1678 long

Now turn round and walk back along the promenade (this time keep the sea on your left). Pass in front of Gilkicker Fort (with the fort on your righ)t. Follow the path back across the common to walk back past the Lifeboat Station, and along along the prom towards the sailing club.

Keep following the promenade for around 1.5 miles until you reach the other end of the bay and arrive at No2 Battery West. There is a car park here and a Diving Museum. There is also a cafe available across the car park. Follow the path around turning inland with the Diving Museum housed in the No2 Battery now on your left.

No2 Battery West to End
No2 Battery West to End

Start point: 50.7861 lat, -1.1678 long
End point: 50.7885 lat, -1.1632 long

Follow the path away from Stokes Bay, soon to cross the road by a roundabout and walk in front of the entrance to Bay House School.

Just past the entrance of the school you will see the park entrance where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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