Titchfield Canal to the Solent
Walk from the historic village of Titchfield along the disused canal, past a vast wetland reserve to enjoy an unspoilt stretch of the Solent.
- Dog friendly
- Multiple pubs
- Refreshments kiosk
- River walk
- Family friendly
- Swimming opportunity
- Mud likely when wet
- Bird spotting
- Marine spotting
- Wildlife spotting
Did you know
In the past Titchfield was a bustling market town situated upon the river Meon. Once the river began to silt up, trade waned and so in 1611 a canal was cut in, taking vital business from its tanneries to the sea. Titchfield canal is regarded as the second oldest artificial waterway in Britain.
Titchfield Church may be one of the oldest in Hampshire and contains a tomb of the Earls of Southampton. It has a porch dating from the 7th Century.
Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve covers over 300 acres of reedbed, freshwater marsh and fen. It is packed with birds, plants and wildlife. A short detour will lead to a shop and tearoom at its entrance.
Nearby Titchfield Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a Tudor Mansion House after the Suppression of the Monasteries. It is free to visit.
In early summer the clifftops are filled with wildflowers and in winter replaced with rosehips, gorse and sloes. The sun twinkles on the Solent and there is a pretty lagoon and inlet at Brownwich Stream. Seals can often be spotted swimming along the shore. The return route passes fields of market vegetables grown for sale around the UK.
At weekend the canal stretch of the walk can be busy with families scooting to the coast. The return route through market gardens and farmland is much quieter.
If the cliff tops are muddy in winter you can walk on the shingle beach - which is tougher on the legs!
Just before you reach Meon Shore you pass the Earl of Southampton's sea lock, built in 1611. Nearby Titchfield Abbey is worth visiting and has some fantastic medieval floor tiles on display. Detour to Titchfield Haven Reserve for some of the best access to wintering waders and wildfowl. The high street has a range of independent retailers and shops to browse.
Free street parking available on East Street. Alternative parking can be found at Barry's Meadow (short stay) or at the Titchfield Canal Car Park.
The fuel stop
- Fuel Type Cafe
- Location on Route At the start
- Address Daisy B's Kitchen, High Street, Titchfield, Fareham, UK