Walks in PortsmouthLast updated: 16 December 2013 13:55 UK
Portsmouth is an ideal city for walking as it is flat and compact, which makes it easy for everyone to get around - 70% of the city's schoolchildren walk to and from school.
You can plan your own walk in Portsmouth using the urban route planner, Walkit, or consult the Active map attached below, which shows the whole of the city of Portsmouth. There are plenty of ideas for walks below, whether using the services of a walk leader, or following trail maps.
Portsmouth City Council are always looking for ways to improve facilities for walkers in Portsmouth. If you have any suggestions or comments email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9283 4092.
And of course, walking can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and be great fun too! For further information about healthy walking in Portmouth, phone Portsmouth City Council's Wellbeing team on 02392 841762.
Portsmouth healthy walks
If the thought of working out in a gym frightens you, then the easier option of walking could be the way to get fit and discover local areas of interest. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate activity, such as brisk walking, is all it takes. So take the first steps toward enjoying a healthier lifestyle.
Walking for Health, offers a programme of walks in Portsmouth from an easy one mile walk upwards. Some are during the day, some in the evening but all are guided, and some are wheelchair and buggy friendly. Walks take place regardless of weather, so please wear suitable footwear.
- More information and maps can be found in the Portsmouth healthy walks documents below
Guided city walks
Portsmouth Visitor Information Service offers a programme of guided walks, so you can enjoy the tourist sights while getting fit!
Open spaces and trail leaflets
In addition to the beautiful coastline with views to admire in all directions, Portsmouth boasts a wide range of parks, gardens and open spaces to walk in, which are valued by the many thousands of people who use them every day. Both Victoria Park and Southsea Common are listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
From beautiful formal parks to small pocket parks and informal wildlife havens, it's easy to walk away from the busy city streetscape into greener surroundings. Download below a list of all the parks and open spaces in Portsmouth, as well as tree trail leaflets for Victoria Park and Milton Park, and wildlife and military history trail leaflets for Hilsea Lines.
Guided walks are organised by Friends of Portsdown Hill.
Long distance paths
Portsmouth is on two long distance walking routes:
- Shipwrights Way: from Alice Holt Forest near Farnham, across the South Downs to finish at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. A route map and information leaflet is available to download below. Length: the Portsmouth section is 5 miles, or 50 miles in total.
- Pilgrims Trail: from Winchester Cathedral to Portsmouth, it forms part of a longer-distance trail, St Michael's Way, which carries on to Normandy France, following the traditional mediaeval route of pilgrims who made the long journey to worship at Mont St Michel. Length: 155 miles
Now walk your way to good health!