Nordic Walking Petersfield are doing a series of four linear walks along the Shipwright’s Way, from Alice Holt forest to the Portsmouth historic dockyard starting from Saturday 5 June.  The Shipwright’s Way is a long distance path, linking towns and villages in East Hampshire.  The name reflects the journey of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest to the dockyards for medieval shipbuilding; the route finishes at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the International Boatbuilding Training College.  Much of the route is off-road, using rights of way and permissive paths.

Our route is divided into four walks of between 10 and 13 miles:-

Saturday 5 June Walk 1 from Alice Holt Forest to Greatham

Saturday 12 June Walk 2 from Greatham to Petersfield

Saturday 19 June Walk 3 from Petersfield to Havant

Saturday 26 June Walk 4 from Havant to Portsmouth Dockyard.

Because the walks are linear I will organise transport from the end of each walk, back to the start.

We will take breaks throughout the walks, but I expect to be walking for about 4 to 5 hours, depending on the number of hills (more hills to the north than the south).  There are several hostelries (and toilets) along the way, but they are not evenly spaced and I can’t guarantee we would arrive for lunchtimes so we need to be self-sufficient and carry water and food.  Needless to say, sturdy footwear is essential, and planning for the weather too.

There’s no obligation to complete all four legs and you are more than welcome to join us for whichever routes you fancy.

Hope to see you soon.



Updated: May 18, 2021 — 2:59 pm