Having exhausted all the ‘official’ railway walks/ cycle rides in
I parked at the sea end of the line. There would once have been a pier out to sea here, but the site is now occupied by the local lifeboat station, a rather fitting change of use. The pier finally succumbed to demolition in the early 1970s when the Royal Engineers were allowed to use the rest of the structure to practice their methods on. There is almost no trace of any railway across the green area at the back of the lifeboat station so I picked up the trail once again in Crescent Road just to the north. From here a well defined and signed cycle trail suddenly starts out of nowhere and heads north. This is the line of the old railway, although inevitably there is little in the way of clues indicating its original use.
The walk isn’t terribly exciting until after the next road crossing the only real railway feature left intact appears suddenly. The line crosses Anglesey inlet via a short viaduct and at this point the view across to
The walk continues between houses after the interesting little interlude of the viaduct. Autumn has really got a grip now and the relatively few trees alongside the former railway (in contrast to most walks of this nature) showed a nice range of colours from yellow to burgundy. A little further along the track and there was another glimpse across the water, courtesy of another inlet of Portsmouth/
A short way past
Across the road would have been the only intermediate station on the route,
This time the trackbed was a more conventional tunnel of trees although to be fair that didn’t last very long at all. Just ahead the southern end of the former triangle junction of the line as it diverged from the Gosport to
As I was pressed for time I decided that the
I couldn’t help smiling to myself as I headed back towards the seafront and vowed to be back to explore more in a few months time when the work has been completed.