31 Mar Walk the Chilling Coastal loop with The Ambling Path
Chilling Coastal loop
Follow this guide to complete the loop, taking in the sea views.
Start from Thatcher’s Copse car park – it’s free. Postcode: PO14 4HH – W3W: hears/swinging/tastes
With your back to the road, take the path on the right hand side of the car park. Follow it through the trees of Thatcher’s Copse and then shortly along the edge of a field. When you reach a barrier and a large track ahead, bear left without going on the track to stay inside a field with the hedge to your right and a fence to your left.
Stick with the same footpath and you will see glimpses of the access track to your right, running parallel. The open field will always be on your left. At Lower Brownwich Farm, you will leave the field and bear right passing some farm buildings. Look for the access track to Sea House and follow the footpath sign down this track.
After passing the gateway for Sea House, continue until you arrive at the beach, crossing a little wooden footbridge over stream.
The beach here is usually quiet as there is no direct vehicle access. Children can have a paddle when the tide is in and we have often found a decent variety of shells here – we have also been told it is possible to find fossils.
After enjoying the beach, cross the wooden footbridge again and then go straight on to follow the coastal path. You will hit the beach again before being directed up onto the small cliffs. Ignore the first permissive path to your left and wait for the second one. This will lead you away from the sea along the edge of a field.
At the top of the field, the path will lead you to a T-junction of paths. Turn left and then very quickly turn right into Thatcher’s Copse again. Follow the path through the trees to return to the car park.
When you’re back to the car there are lots of lovely places nearby.
Turning left out of the car park will take you to historic Titchfield Village where you can pop into one of the pubs or have lunch at The Wine Garden at Hallmark.
Turning right takes you to Hill Head and Titchfield Haven nature reserve, Breezes Cafe or The Osborne View pub with its views over the Solent and beachside pub garden.
Lovely spring outings! What’s stopping you? Please let us know if you go and tag us in your photos.