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Hayling Billy Loop

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Hayling Billy Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 03 Apr 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, Hayling Island
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Hayling Billy Loop
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hayling Billy Loop, Hampshire Walking Guide
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A short 2 mile circular walk taking in part of the Hayling Billy Trail on Hayling Island. The Hayling Billy train line ran from 1867 until it finally closed in 1963. Since then the route has been renovated and provides an enjoyable and safe location for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. This route takes in some local countryside, as well as part of the old train route, to provide a circular walk with great views into Chichester and Langstone harbours. There are gates and steps to negotiate but no cattle or sheep. It does involve crossing the Hayling access road which is often quite busy. There are a couple of obvious car parks on the route but it is not unusual to find these full, so I have chosen a less obvious lay-by as a starting point. Allow 1 hour.

Hayling Island is due south of Havant. From the roundabout on the A27 south of Havant, take the Langstone road due south. Drive for just under one mile to reach the bridge onto Hayling Island. Cross the bridge and turn left immediately, just before reaching a petrol station on the left. Drive for a couple of hundred metres and park in a rough lay-by on the left. Note that if this lay-by is full then there is another one a short distance ahead. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.831924,-0.976531 and the nearest postcode is PO11 0NQ. (This is the postcode of the Langston Hotel which can be seen a couple of hundred metres ahead of the parking area).

Walk Sections

Start to Kingsway
Start to Kingsway

Start point: 50.8322 lat, -0.9749 long
End point: 50.8258 lat, -0.9776 long

Standing in the parking lay-by facing the road, turn left along the road for 40 metres. Turn right into a tarmac drive passing by a green public footpath fingerpost and through two large wooden five-bar gates. Walk down the drive for 120 metres. Turn left to follow the footpath and pass over a small bridge to then turn immediately right and walk along the side of a field. At the end of the field, turn right to pass through an open wooden gateway. Walk with a few old buildings on your right and an arable field behind a hedge on your left. After 90 metres or so, turn left at a gateway with a footpath waymarker. Follow this path for 400 metres as it turns sharply to the right and then left to end on a road (Kingsway) on a bend.

Kingsway to Hayling Billy Trail
Kingsway to Hayling Billy Trail

Start point: 50.8258 lat, -0.9776 long
End point: 50.8217 lat, -0.983 long

Walking on the pavement, walk straight ahead. At the end of Kingsway (after 220 metres) at a T- junction, cross straight across the road and pass by a galvanised barrier to enter a footpath. Walk for about 200 metres to reach the top of a wide gravel roadway with a concrete drive ahead.

Turn right onto the gravel road and walk for 310 metres to reach the main Hayling access road. This road will probably be busy, so turn left and walk a few metres to reach some pedestrian controlled traffic lights and use these to cross the road. Once across the road, turn right and walk the same distance back to reach the extension of the road that you previously walked down (Victoria Road) and turn left onto this pothole strewn road. Walk down it for 80 metres towards the sea.

Hayling Billy Trail to Steps
Hayling Billy Trail to Steps

Start point: 50.8217 lat, -0.983 long
End point: 50.8284 lat, -0.9833 long

At the bottom, turn right to walk through a car park. Ahead (through a green barrier) is the main Hayling Billy track. DO NOT follow this, but instead follow a fingerpost to the left signed ‘Oyster Beds’ pointing down a path close to the harbour edge. Continue along the harbour edge with some great views across the harbour to Portsmouth with the Napoleonic forts on the downs to the north. You will see the radar equipment of the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishments (ASWE) beyond the forts. The forts themselves were where general Eisenhower directed the D-day operations during the second world war.

As you walk along this section you will see the remnants of the old oyster beds. The demise of the oyster beds came in 1902 when a number of people, including the Dean of Winchester, died of typhoid after eating the oysters. The contamination was the result of recent work to outflow sewage into the harbour near to the beds. Walk along the foreshore path, ignoring a track going of to the right as the path bends to the left after 500 metres. Continue for a total of one kilometre, where, after passing through a small five bar gate the path drops down three steps to re-join the Hayling Billy track at a three-way fingerpost. Turn left onto it.

Steps to Car Park
Steps to Car Park

Start point: 50.8284 lat, -0.9833 long
End point: 50.8303 lat, -0.9796 long

When you reach an information board (where you see an old railway signal ahead) and at a two-way fingerpost, bear right to stay with the track. The track ends just after passing an electrical sub station on your right. As you reach the end of the track, there is a two-way fingerpost on your right. Turn left into a small car park.

Car Park to End
Car Park to End

Start point: 50.8303 lat, -0.9796 long
End point: 50.8322 lat, -0.9751 long

Walk through the car park and out the other side, passing to the left of a waste bin with Hayling bridge off to your left. Continue ahead for 30 or 40 metres to meet the road. Turn left and walk on the pavement for 15 metres or so to a point opposite a central reservation island. Using the central reservation carefully cross this normally busy road. Cross over the pavement on the other side and walk diagonally along an obvious path across a small green to reach a road. Carefully cross the road and turn right onto the pavement on the far side. Walk for 150 metres back to your starting point at the parking lay-by.

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