A coastal walk overlooking Newtown estuary and the Solent.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Take the signposted S9 footpath beside the Horse and Groom car park. Follow the left hand side of the field cross three stiles and a footbridge. Turn right to follow a creek to the next stile. Follow this path to another stile. Follow the way-marked grass path right and then left, go over another stile into woodland and follow the meandering path to track S27 where you turn left. You are now on the coastal path and you will be following the blue coastal path signs from now on to Yarmouth.
(1) Continue along the Coastal Path track ignoring a left turn at Pigeon Coo farm to reach a right turn signposted to Hampstead. Proceed straight along this track past Creek farm and through a steel gate until you reach a jetty overlooking Newtown Bay.
(2) After taking a break to enjoy the views, backtrack a short distance to rejoin the coastal path signposted S3 on your right. Follow this path and boardwalks skirting the creek to reach a field. Walk up the left side of the field to reach a stile through the hedgerow on your left. Crossing the stile walk diagonally across a field until you reach the start of another boardwalk.
(3) After the boardwalk, the path passes between a field and woodland and then over a bank to reach the shingle shoreline (Along the shoreline set back in the hedgerow you will find a Celtic Cross stone memorial to two young men who drowned off Hampstead Ledge in 1932). The path turns left to follow the shoreline, then it rises and bears inland to Hampstead farm. After the farm follow the track to a junction where you take a right hand path next to a steel field gate.
(4) Then cross a stile and follow the hedgerow on the left side of a field. At the next metal, gate pass through an adjacent squeeze stile. Cross the next field to another stile. In the subsequent field follow the path keeping a conifer hedge on your right. Cross a private drive then take the path between wooden railings to join a track.
(5) At the next junction bear right along West Close, this is Cranmore. Then take a footpath on your left through a wooded area. The path opens up with sea views on your right and the Bouldnor nature reserve on your left. Also on your left you will see the remains of a WW2 gun emplacement. Follow the path across a boardwalk then close to the shoreline until you need to turn inland along a track to join the Yarmouth Road.
(6) Turn right to follow the verge of the A3054 until you reach a car park with views across the Solent. Follow the coastal path along the promenade and across Yarmouth Green to join the end of Yarmouth High Street. Walk through the town to the bus stop next to the ferry terminal.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 39ft - Footpath
1 : mi 0.55 - alt. 52ft - Coastal Path
2 : mi 1.85 - alt. 7ft - Viewpoint
3 : mi 2.64 - alt. 13ft - Boardwalk
4 : mi 3.57 - alt. 190ft - Stile
5 : mi 4.26 - alt. 177ft - Junction
6 : mi 5.79 - alt. 46ft - A3054
A : mi 6.99 - alt. 3ft - Ferry terminal
Start : Car park by Horse and Groom at Ningwood on A3054. No 7 bus stops here and at Yarmouth Harbour.
Access information : Mostly level, easy walking, but can be muddy after prolonged wet periods.
Refreshments : Horse and Groom pub or many places in Yarmouth.
Toilets : Patrons of pub or at Yarmouth.
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