Driving through Portchester, Hampshire you are met with pretty pastel coloured cottages edging the pavements and Portchester Castle car park where parking is free. Great views over the north end of Portsmouth Harbour and Port Solent. Let your nose follow the coastal pathway west past the sailing club and round the edge of the castle and […]
Where? South of the county not far from the coast, Fareham and roughly half way between Portsmouth and Southampton. Why visit? pretty doorways, great local walks especially along the old railway line, lots of independent shops. Parking in the square which is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays
Free entry Dogs are welcome Picnic areas which can be pre booked Range of walking trails Open Air cafe with outside seating Train rides Beach area Views across Southampton Water Toilets and baby changing areas Chapel belonging to the largest military hospital Watch cricket Special events Bell Tent Glamping
Walking down the High Street in Southampton you can be forgiven for not looking where you are going as the history and information beneath your feet is worth looking at. Set into the pavement are brass slabs with snippets of Southampton history and quirky facts. Here are a few which The Grey Traveller enjoyed.
There isn’t much of the old city left of Southampton but it is easy to find. Parking at Ocean Village is an ideal base for exploring the waterfront area and what is left of the ocean liner days but virtually ‘right next door’ along Canute Road you will see what is left of the Southampton city wall. […]
Key Points Location Parking Refreshments What to see Distance The Grey Traveller loves a walk and happened on this one not so far from home. With the weather on the south coast being somewhat changeable there are places to run and take cover if rain persists! Ocean Village is the regenerated port area of Southampton on […]
The most outstanding funnel that I can think of on my travels is that of the Queen Mary in Long Beach California. This grand old lady of the ocean was one of my ‘most unusual stays‘ on a US road trip four years ago. Just a one night stay but a promise I had made to […]
Flybe to the moon, let me play among the stars,let me see what spring is like, on a jupiter and mars……… OK a play on Frank Sinatra’s famous lines curtesy of Bart Howard. But yes The Grey Traveller hopped on a purple plane at Southampton Airport and swooped down low to Guernsey in half an hour. Certainly island hopping at […]