Coastal distance: 19km
I limped away from the Compass Point B&B in Hamble.This is top drawer accommodation, thoroughly recommended.
Within a few hundred metres I realised that a target of walking 19km for the day might make for a pretty uncomfortable journey, so decided to follow the same basic route but to use transport for some parts. I turned left for Hamble Common, then followed a path at 210 degrees to the foreshore of Southampton Water, the refinery and Fawley Power Station dominating the opposite shore.
The driver tipped me off at the western end of the bridge and I made my way on foot past dock gates 4 and 5, towards Town Quay where I’d catch the Hythe Ferry. This part of Southampton, once industriously serving the needs of luxury ocean liners and other ships, is fast transmogrifying into a thoroughly modern European cityscape. There’s smooth portland stone appearing where once there was concrete and aesthetically pleasing cobbles are being laid to replace, err, cobbles. Wine bars and estate agents abound.
I boarded the Hythe Ferry and sat topside in the sunshine for the 15 minute journey
I met Rob for lunch in the Lord Nelson pub, following which we went to the (helpful and friendly) Halibut Tackle Shop, where we got some ragworm and squid, plus a couple of ‘glow in the dark’ rod tip lights.Then off to Calshot, our first stop being a recce of the potential of the castle.
The tide went out a very long way! But we knew it would be back and we’d be ready for it. High tide was scheduled for 01:14 (am, next day) so we kept ourselves busy as the Solent went and came back. Then an hour or so before high tide we started to remove huge amounts of weed from the water, one hook at a time. All of the excitement occurred together within minutes of high tide. We caught two sharks* and a fish
The view from our bivvy next morning
* OK, Dogfish