A group of 10 walkers from 4 counties enjoyed a leisurely walk of 9 miles starting just west of Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. The weather was overcast & chilly but dry although muddy underfoot in places.
Proceeding in a westerly direction along the Solent Way with views of the Isle of Wight & Fawley Refinery for a couple of miles until we had to make a diversion inland due to coastal erosion. After returning to the shoreline we continued until we reached the mouth of the River Hamble and then headed inland again via footpaths & minor roads eventually reaching the picturesque village of Titchfield where we had packed lunch sitting in the churchyard.
The final stretch took us along the silted up Titchfield Canal, thought to be the second oldest canal in the country being built in 1611 & believed to be in use until the 1870's. The path took us along the western perimeter of the Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve where we saw several species of native & overwintering birds.