05 Mar Walk, wander and wonder – Cams Hall and Fareham
Walk, wander and wonder – Cams Hall and Fareham
It’s time to get outdoors, get some fresh air and treat yourself, and your local traders to boot. That’s why we asked Frances from @whymummywalks on Instagram to find us a walk in the Fareham area that was perfect for those looking for views, all-access and a spot of shopping! Here’s what she found!
This is a coastal walk that’s just over three miles long, taking you on a scenic trip that circles around the stunning Cams Hall estate and its golf course.
A friend I used to nurse with had a rare weekday off, so we got together for breakfast at @thedovecoteeatery. The cafe is situated just outside of Fareham Town centre in the historic grounds of the 17th Century Cams Hall and makes the perfect pitstop before walking off your meal with a totter around the estate. The walk is flat and suitable for off-road pushchairs.
We decided to get the short but busy road section out of the way first, before turning down Sheerwater Way towards the water. Down at the water, turn right on the coastal footpath and keep going, sticking to the edge until you come back to the beginning.
Trailing along the edge of the estuary, the stoned path looks out over Fareham Quay, the Old Quay Mills, and waterside buildings, dating back to the 14th Century.
This early section of the path soon becomes enclosed by trees, before emerging alongside fine views of Fareham Creek.
For bird lovers, the end of the estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it’s alive with wildlife. The wildflower mudflats are home to all kinds of birdlife – especially waders, noticeable by their long bills.
Dozens of swans return here to nest at the creek every year and have become an iconic Fareham sight.
Continuing along the final gravelled stretch of the coastal path, you will walk under grand oak trees – just watch out here there are golfers!
When you arrive back at the A27 you can head back to your car by turning right or turn left to head into Fareham itself where you can find all kinds of cafes and shops to continue the walk in true Live Love Local fashion.
Or pick up the car and head into the town if you think you might have a car full when you’re finished!
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If you choose the Live Love Local way…
Fareham Wine Cellar
For fine wines, spirits and liquors...
The High Street is home to Fareham Wine Cellar – right at the top in an historic building which is like an Aladdin’s Cave of wines and spirits. Here you can buy local gins and ask for advice on wines from their specialist, Domonic.
For tasty titbits and tempting tipples...
On the corner of the High Street is Cackleberry’s, definitely another hidden gem. You can read about them on the blog here.
All Good Things
For all your eco and zero waste goods...
You can do your bit to go green, reduce waste and make some savings at the Zero waste and refill store All Good Things. They sell a wide range of products from packaging-free spices, vegan sweets, and dairy-free chocolate to environmentally friendly washing-up liquid. The shop has packaging-free and zero waste alternatives for shampoo, shower gel, detergents, as well as pantry staples.
For cakes, bakes and anything pastry...
Soothills Bakery at the bottom of the High Street is a local legend and there are always queues out of the door, testament to their bread, pasties, sausage rolls and cakes. They also have a takeaway menu with hot drinks if you’re feeling the cold, post-walk. Order in advance if you want to be sure to get your favourites and collect after your walk. Our favourites are their sausage rolls and cheese and bacon pastries, warm from the oven.
There are so many other places to eat and drink, to shop and to play in Fareham itself. You can find out more by exploring this Live Love Local website or better still getting out and about there. Please don’t forget to send us your pics, FBC@polymediapr.co.uk and tag us on Instagram @farehambc