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Keyhaven is approached from Milford-on-Sea. It is a small village with a very pretty
harbour. There are easy walks along the sea wall with views of Keyhaven harbour, the
Isle of Wight and Hurst Spit. The area is a good spot for bird watching.
OBSTACLES A width restriction between two posts of 90cms to access the gravel
path leading to the sea wall.
Keyhaven Car Park :
From the car park, turn left towards the sea. Cross the road and follow the
gravel path to the T- junction at the sea wall and turn right. This lovely walk is along the
top of the sea wall, built as a flood defence in the 1970s. The walk ends at a gate next to
a flood gate across the narrow road which is liable to flooding. The line of seaweed on
the road marks the high tide point! Retrace your route to the T- junction.
When you reach the T- junction, carry straight on along the sea wall and follow the walk
around the harbour. Pass the terminal of the ferry to Hurst Castle at end of Hurst Spit.
(The ferry runs every 20 minutes from 10am - 5pm. There is a 10cm (4inch) threshold at
the terminal entrance and 3-4 steps down on the ferry itself).
Cross the road and turn right into the narrow gravel path to continue your walk around the
harbour. The jetty beyond the flood gates is open to the public and accessible. Follow the
harbour wall to the right, over the bridge and enter the Keyhaven Marshes nature reserve,
via a gate with an accessible trombone latch. Apart from a 3 metre (3.3 yard) slope up of
15%, this is a level walk along the sea wall and well worth the effort. You can travel further
into the Marshes on the good gravel path if you wish.
This is a gentle walk with lovely views. Choose the length of walk to suit your own
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