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Walk to Hurst Castle

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A panorama from the top of the shingle spit that forms Hurst Beach. The picture was taken on a sunny day and shows a view down the beach and over Keyhaven haroubr at low tide. Hurst Castle is at the southern end of the spit, and in the distance beyond the shore is the outline of the Isle of Wight in the Solent. You can also see numerous yachts moored in Keyhaven harbour.

Walk to Hurst Castle - FURTHER INFORMATION

Walk to Hurst Castle - Keyhaven visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Walk to Hurst Castle' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hampshire.

Hurst Beach is a short distance from Keyhaven in Hampshire. At the southern end of spit is Hurst Castle, which dates back to Henry VIII and played an important part in the defense of the Solent and the naval bases nearby. Though never seeing active service, the defenses of the castle have been continually modified, extended and updated to keep up with changing times. Today Hurst Caslte is owned by English Heritage and now acts as a museum. There are 2 ways to get to Hurst Castle, one is to walk out along the shingle spit, the other is to catch a ferry from Keyhaven

This mile-and-a-half long shingle beach starts near Milford on Sea. It is similar to the shingle spit that links Weymouth with Portland in Dorstet, though in that case Portland Bill is a solid limestone, whereas here Hurst Castle is built on the shingle.


Hurst Castle
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Keyhaven is off the A337 between Christchurch and Lymington. The nearest car park is at Milford-on-Sea near the base of the spit.

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