Langstone Harbour, Hayling Island, England. 

With an unusually extended English summer, locals and visitors are making the most of the south coast and all it has to offer. The pubs,cafes and shop owners are rubbing their hands as they know they have a long winter ahead when seaside resorts often look particularly grey and gloomy in the winter months and can be empty of visitors.

We did a favourite walk from Langstone Harbour to Emsworth (about four miles) and back again yesterday and we were not disappointed. Yes it has cooled in the last few days but it was dry. There was a hint of sun and the light was good on the water. You can park for free in the public car park next to the popular Ship Inn and then it’s a case of following your nose along the coast or through the woods to Emsworth.

Decent walking boots might be needed depending on time of year. Walking in front of the pub you pass a few pretty cottages and can look up the main Street of Langstone which is a row of old houses neatly making their way down to the sea. 

You then pass in front of The Royal Oak another decent hostelry with a garden and where in the summer drinkers sit on the harbour wall and dangle their feet in the water. By this time you will have seen the mill ahead of you and a pond busy with swans, ducks and egrets. 

If the tide is well out you can continue to walk along the foreshore otherwise it is advisable to cut through the woods following the clearly trodden path. You can then walk through the pretty churchyard of Warblington church before cutting across two farmers fields. Whatever the time of the year you are sure to pass other walkers as this is a popular route for young and old.

Soon you will find yourself on a coastal path winding pass lush long gardens and comfortable housing which then leads to the causeway at Emsworth and into the village. Emsworth is a pretty sailing spot with two clubs, a scattering of shops and cafes. The cafe right on the front by the slipway offers seats both inside and out, strong decent coffee and great toasted tea cakes. 

You make the return journey the same way as you came and if tides allow you can always alternate the walk with woods and coast.

Of course reward yourself with a pub  lunch at either the Royal Oak or Ship Inn, I like both equally, they both offer a wide range of food and service is first class. 

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