British Walking Federation


CONTACT: Roger Baker, 12 Burwood Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9DS
Tel: 02392 462005     E-mail:

ENTRY FEE: £1.50 per walker (Cheques payable to BWF)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.50 each
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST TOWN: From M275 take A3 south towards Portsmouth City Centre, and Portsmouth Harbour Station
START VENUE: Portsmouth Harbour the Hard Interchange PO1 3EB     OS Map 196 GR SU631002
Sat Nav Code: PO1 3EB
CAR PARKING: There is ample car parking at Tipner Park & Ride off M275 as you enter Portsmouth at £4.00 per day with free bus to the harbour for up to 5 people.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Nearest train station, Portsmouth Harbour Station
REFRESHMENTS: Numerous points at the start and around the trail.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated 5th January 2020)

With your back to the Hard Interchange turn left along the pavement towards the dockyard, and the main entrance opposite the Ship and Castle pub, this is the thoroughfare for tickets to visit the HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, and Mary Rose museums.

Q1. At the right hand side of the gate, what date was the “WALL” finished?

Retrace your steps back past the Hard Interchange and immediately bear right down slope to enter Gunwarf Quays. Continue ahead through Marlborough Square retail outlets, continue through Central Square to Waterfront. At t junction and railings turn left to cross footbridge to City Quay and immediately turn right with harbour on right signposted Old Portsmouth and IOW Car Ferry.

Continue around promenade with IOW Ferry on right, down slope and through gate to exit Gunwarf Quays. Turn left through ferry terminal to road. Turn right and continue ahead into White Hart Road passing the fish market on the right, at Feltham Row turn right on pedestrian footpath sign post to Round Tower and Bath Street, continue to road, Broad Street. Turn right passing Seagers Court to reach Spice Island Inn, and turn left into Bath Square.

Pass Still and West pub on right and at end continue ahead on West Street, at left hand bend continue ahead on Tower Street to Capstan Square, at signboard continue up slope across courtyard and up steps to turn right to the top of the tower and view point.

Q2. On brass compass view point when was the tower built?

Retrace steps back down to archway labyrinth and turn right at end through archway, continue east along top of sea wall towards next tower passing Hot Walls sign board. With Solent water on right continue along top of wall bearing right towards Clarence Pier, over footbridge with car park on left and ahead through funfair passing Clarence Pier to reach Hover Craft Terminal. Ahead on promenade passing Southsea Rowing Club to pass war memorial on left, continue ahead to reach Sebastopol monument on left

Q3. When was the monument erected?

Bear right to continue along promenade passing Bandstand Field to Southsea Castle. At end of castle fence immediately turn left uphill on narrow footpath keeping close to fence, then downhill to fountains and and castle entrance. Turn right on Brian Kidd Way to road and turn left to front of D-Day Museum and statue of "Monty" Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery of Alemein

Q4. When was the statue unveiled?

Cross road and continue ahead on left hand side of Avenue De Caen, turn left on second footpath, ignore all side paths and continue ahead with Common on left to reach road and Queens Hotel on right. Continue on pavement passing car park to finally reach a roundabout.

At roundabout turn left on Pier Road, and after 30m cross road and ahead on tree lined footpath to pass Pembroke Gardens Bowls Club on right, at end of Bowls Club fence bear left with railings on right passing the “roofless” Royal Garrison Church to cobbled square and Lord Nelson monument

Q5. When were Nelson's remains brought to Spithead?

With monument behind you ahead on Grand Parade to T junction. Cross road and turn right passing Portsmouth Cathedral, continue along High street to reach roundabout.

Cross roundabout to Portsmouth Grammar School and continue ahead on Cambridge Road, at bend in road turn left on Burnaby Road passing HMS Temeraire to road junction. Cross road and continue under the railway bridge to end, turn left on Richmond Place and continue to road. Turn left and continue along road to reach bollards across road, bear right on footpath with children’s play area on right to reach St Georges Square. Turn left to cobbled square with St George’s church on right.

Q6. In triangular seating area who is the marble monument dedicated to?

Ahead with the square behind you to road. Cross road and turn right returning to the Hard Interchange and the end of the walk.

Places of interest en-route

HMS Warrior

HMS Victory

Mary Rose Museum

Gunwarf Quays

Old Portsmouth Heritage sites

D Day Museum & Overlord Embroidery

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.  

This trail is registered until 31st December 2020