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Portsmouth

Hampshire


Slow Ways linking Portsmouth and Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling, Ryde

England / Hampshire / Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s five Slow Ways are 65% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 2/5
and surveyed: 1/5

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Portsmouth from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Fareham—Portsmouth
Farpor one

Double check Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 94m Descent 101m
Gosport—Portsmouth
Gospor one Enjoy me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 13m Descent 17m
Portsmouth—Havant
Porhav one Review me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 38m Descent 33m
Portsmouth—Hayling
Porhay one Survey me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 24m Descent 24m
Ryde—Portsmouth
Rydpor one

Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 5m Descent 7m
Ryde—Portsmouth
Rydpor two Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

63% of Portsmouth’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

6/6

drawn

5/6

reviewed

2/6

surveyed

2/6

verified

7 people have contributed to Portsmouth’s Slow Ways

7 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Portsmouth

51km out of 61km have been walked and reviewed

110km of reviews have been shared in Portsmouth

Latest Updates

Leslie Backus took this photo on Porhay one

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Most of the walk is on city streets, heading to a path leading to the Hayling Ferry. The ferry does have a ramp at both Portsmouth and Hayling sides (this one is longer)....

Leslie Backus

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Route can be varied, to walk along the streets to the south of Goldsmith Avenue, as it is a busy road. Route passes Fratton Park and some of the few public parks in Portsmouth. The ferry takes bikes and is a beautiful, if short journey....

Susan Pike

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We did not pass along many major roads, however the bobbing and weaving route suggested did lead us to crossing over busy roads multiple times, which could have been avoided should we have just kept to the wide pavements running alongside the busier roads. The journey between Fareham and Portsmouth can be made multiple ways, but this one made no sense at all....

Jen Stoneham

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Plenty of times it takes you in the opposite direction and across major roads that don't have pedestrian crossings. The sensible thing to do would be to turn right down to Downend Road and then left up to The Thicket, but this route takes you left, around to The Causeway and then up a bridle path to a kissing gate which is covered by stinging nettles, along a corn field which would be dire in bad weather. After the Mountbatten centre, don't follow Slow Ways, just walk up to Twyford Avenue and turn right, Slow Ways will bring you across this road in a minute anyway after a few turns in the wrong direction. When you are down to Sultan Road and you think you'll be able to just go into the underpass and along a straight line to your goal, think again, the route will take you off in the opposite direction for fun & laughs (from where you can see your destination in the distance before turning the other way) and you'll somehow end up at the roundabout in Lake Road....

Dave M

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crossing at Winston Churchill roundabout is wrong, you have to walk further along the road to a pedestrian crossing....

Dave M

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The walk began in Victoria Park which was starting to bloom for Spring and ended at the ferry port where you can see many ships along the historic dockyard....

Julie Blake

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Ryde—Portsmouth

Jen Stoneham added Rydpor two, a new walk from Ryde to Portsmouth

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The rest of the route was very easy to follow until the proposed crossing point at Winston Churchill Avenue (see photograph 8)....

Jen Stoneham

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Jen Stoneham took this photo on Rydpor one

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Martin McGovern surveyed Rydpor one

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Martin McGovern surveyed Gospor one

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And not just historic ships - I managed to see both the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Gospor one

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For a short urban route, this has a wide range of architectural styles - tower blocks for student accommodation, and residential housing from the Georgian period to the present. This is followed by Southsea common and a view over the Solent, and then a hovercraft ride to - well, Ryde....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Rydpor one

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Mainly footpath walk from Portsmouth Station through the town to Milton Common, there are some busy roads and a footbridge over the railway, which may hamper some walkers....

marshasu

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Portsmouth

marshasu surveyed Portsmouth

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Good walk from Gosport to Portsmouth Town Station, easy to follow map on Slow Ways, surface conditions good, with flat pavement all the way....

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Accurate and easy route from Portsmouth & Southsea Station to Hayling Island via the ferry at Eastney (runs every 30 mins). Pavement walking and pretty flat, with crossings at each major point. If you need to pick up a snack/ water, please do so in Eastney, as there are not many shops from there, even when you reach Hayling....

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Portsmouth—Havant

Ken added Porhav one, a new walk from Portsmouth to Havant

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Fareham—Portsmouth

Slow Ways added Farpor one, a new walk from Fareham to Portsmouth

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Gosport—Portsmouth

Slow Ways added Gospor one, a new walk from Gosport to Portsmouth

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Portsmouth—Hayling

Slow Ways added Porhay one, a new walk from Portsmouth to Hayling

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Ryde—Portsmouth

Slow Ways added Rydpor one, a new walk from Ryde to Portsmouth

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Portsmouth, Mon 27 May

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Portsmouth’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU6415500266

Lat / Lon

50.79840° / -1.09103°

Easting / Northing

464,155E / 100,266N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Portsmouth's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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