Dog Friendly Walks

We love dogs in Milford on Sea and for us a holiday isn’t a holiday unless you can share it with your furry friend. Here’s a selection of our top dog walks in Milford on Sea:

Hordle Cliff Beach

This beach is dog friendly all year and is a great place to walk your dog, especially if they love the water! This beach can be especially sandy at low tide so at this time you can walk across the sand from Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea. At high tide this beach is pebbly but doesn’t seem to bother the majority of dogs.

The Danes Stream

The village is home to 14 acres of Woodlands known as The Pleasure Grounds with a network of footpaths along the Danes Stream, which runs parallel to the coast. The Danes Stream forms part of the Milford on Sea conservation area and runs the length of the parish, through the Pleasure Grounds, Westerly towards Studland Common, Sharvells Copse and Eastwards along the rear of the village shops towards Sturt Pond.

Free roaming cattle can be found on Studland Common so please keep dogs on a lead.

Walk to Hurst Castle

You could start your walk to Hurst Castle from the Hurst Road East car park (sat nav:SO41 0PY) and head down to The Lighthouse restaurant and keep going along Hurst Spit. It is a 2 mile walk to Hurst Castle along a shingle spit so sturdy footwear is advised. There is a ferry from the castle back to Keyhaven (1st April-31st October) if you’re looking for something a bit different on the way back, where you can relax and watch the wonderful wildlife at home on the Keyhaven River. Dogs are welcome on the ferry.

You can also start this walk from Keyhaven too and car parking is available here (sat nav: SO41 0TP). There is also The Gun Inn to enjoy at the end of your walk which is dog friendly.

Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea Walk

This hour-long walk takes you from Milford on Sea’s shingle beach to neighbouring Barton on Sea along the clifftop. You can park your car at Hordle Cliff car park and take the well-marked path giving you dramatic coastal views, with the Isle of Wight very clear to the south. The coast here is extremely eroded, so take care of yourself and your dog as some parts are steep and unstable. As you approach Barton, the path skirts Barton on Sea Golf Club and passes through dells and small woods, with access paths leading down to shingle beaches on route.

Keyhaven to Lymington

The Solent Way is a 60-mile footbath linking Milford on Sea with Emsworth Harbour and you can walk a small part of this from Keyhaven to Lymington. This is a 9-mile coastal walk along the sea wall, where you can view the Keyhaven saltwater marshes one side and view of The Solent and the Isle of Wight the other. You can park your car in Keyhaven in the car park opposite The Gun Inn and if you don’t fancy the 9 miles back you can get the X1 bus back from Lymington. Dogs are welcome on these buses at the discretion of the driver.