Walking & Cycling
Walking or cycling is one of the best ways to explore Milford on Sea and best of all it’s free! You can leave your car in any one of the car parks around the village (charges apply).
You can access this area by bike via Sturt Pond along New Lane down to the pretty village of Keyhaven or parking is available opposite the Gun Inn in Keyhaven.
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.
This area is popular with children as a number of rope swings can be found. 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 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.
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.
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. The well-marked path gives dramatic coastal views, with the Isle of Wight very clear to the south. The coast here is extremely eroded, so take care as some parts are steep and unstable. As you approach Barton, the path skirts a golf course 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 footpath linking Milford on Sea with Emsworth Harbour and you can walk a small part of this from Keyhaven to Lymington. This is 9 mile coastal walk along the sea wall, where you can view the Keyhaven Saltwater marshes one side and views of The Solent and the Isle of Wight on the other.
You can get the X1 bus back to Milford on Sea from Lymington or a taxi is a short drive of approximately 3 miles.
Great Newbridge Copse
Great Newbridge Copse is an ancient semi-natural woodland and is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). It has more than 100 types of tree and plant and during the spring bluebells can be seen in abundance here. Please keep to the Public Footpath and enjoy this area, found near Agarton Lane, Milford on Sea.
Public toilets can be found at Hordle Cliff car park (sat nav: SO41 0UX), Hordle Cliff West (sat nav: SO41 0PY), Sea Road (sat nav: SO41 0PH) and Keyhaven car park (sat nav: SO41 0TP).