Hurst Spit is a natural shingle bank on the southern part of The New Forest National Park and extends 1.5 miles from the end of Milford-on-Sea beach out into the Solent. This spit is an important coastal defence as it protects the Western Solent from flooding and it also shelters the designated area of saltmarsh to the north.
Although this spit was originally formed by a natural process it is now maintained by regular shingle recycling operations to ensure that it stays intact.
Located at the end of the spit is Hurst Castle (a mere ¾ mile from the Isle of Wight). The castle was built by Henry VIII in 1544 as one of a chain of coastal fortresses due to its perfect location as a defence for the western approach to the Solent.
Parking is available at Keyhaven and Hurst Road, Milford on Sea (charges apply). You are then able to walk out along the 1.5 mile spit. Please take into consideration that the ground can be fairly uneven and even on a good day the wind can be quite strong.
If you feel the 3 mile round walk is a bit too much why not take advantage of the Hurst Castle ferry boat which leaves from Keyhaven out to Hurst Castle? A perfect excuse to sit back, relax and take in the stunning views.
Why not incorporate your visit with a walk around the Keyhaven Nature Reserve?
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