One of my favourite ‘nearly’ local walks is the Hayling to Emsworth (and back again!) route with or without a borrowed dog.
Parking up at the free public car park on Langstone Bridge, Hampshire you can see your two choices of pubs which you can indulge in on your return! the Royal Oak and The Ship Inn. I’ve eaten in both and always been happy.
Check the tide before you visit, it’s best to go when the tide is out. Once parked walk up to the edge of the sea wall and steer yourself sea side of The Ship Inn and you will pass some pretty back gardens of cottages which edge the shore. You will then cross the slipway on Langstone’s main street and it’s worth a stop to look up the road at the coloured houses.
Follow the pathway past The Royal Oak and you will then see the converted mill house to your right and a duck pond to your left. The path will take you down to the shore and you will have great views over the harbour. Eventually you are forced to leave the beach and cross a field to Warblington Church (sign posted last time I visited) . Make your way through the church yard and follow signposts down a narrow footpath and edging some fields.
Eventually you will find the coast again and this will lead you into Emsworth harbour. Takes about 45 minutes and mainly flat terrain which can be muddy if it has recently rained. Plenty of cafes and pubs for a halfway stop before you return using the same route. We always use Flintstones Tea Rooms for the great location overlooking the sea and of course the great toasted teacakes! As with all walks, sign posts get damaged or removed and things change so I can not be responsible if you get lost or injured.