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Thorney Island is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Emsworth, Hampshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 334 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Views Wildlife Historic site
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Getting There

Essentially this route is a walk around Thorney Island. It starts and ends at Nutbourne, adjacent to Nutbourne Marshes. The route involves accessing MOD land. Entry and exit is via remote controlled gates and you will be asked for some personal details (home address etc) before you are allowed access. You will also need to negotiate a number of gates and kissing gates along the way. Some sections of path can get muddy at times. About Thorney Island: Thorney Island came to the notice of the Air Ministry in 1933 following a fatal air crash here. The potential for the island as an airfield was recognised during the crash investigation and, with war clouds gathering over Europe, the airfield was developed and commissioned in 1938. HM King George VI subsequently visited the Island on 9th May 1944. The Royal Navy took over Thorney Island station for a brief period in 1976 and, in 1980, West Thorney became host to many hundreds of Vietnamese families. The Island Station became an army base (Baker Barracks) at the end of 1984 when it was chosen as the home for 47 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.

Nutbourne is on the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth. On entering Nutbourne from either direction look out for Chichester Caravans on the north side of the road. Directly opposite is Farm Lane. The walk starts about 200 metres down Farm Lane at the point where the houses end on the left-hand side. There is sufficient parking on the verge for 5 or 6 cars. The approximate post code is PO18 8SB. There is also a very good bus service to take you to the start of this walk. The bus number is 700 and the stop name is Farm Lane. The service currently runs every 20 minutes during most of the week (correct March 2016) and drops off and picks up at the top of Farm Lane.

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Halima Khanom
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Paul Alford
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Kate Wheatley
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Beautiful weather for a lovely walk. Great views. The sandy beach at the top of Thorney is lovely. Did a few detours and stops along the way. Make sure you take enough water/food etc with you. If weather’s good would be good to make a day of it stopping at the beach for lunch then walking the rest of the route.

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LD Walker
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WalkingMuddy

Really nice walk. Maybe even nicer if you do it when it's not chucking down rain

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Sarah Woolley
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Raining the whole way

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michael rothon
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great walk. we managed to see the seals off the west coast of the island. lovely and quiet trail. beautiful beach on the south. wish we had spent more time there

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Charlotte Daniel
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Lovely trail, sea and country

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Jasmine Pink
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Great route for a bit of hiking in the forest with horses and also walking around the historic coastal town Emsworth. Ducks and swans are friendly and swim with you in the Mill Pond. It is like a little Venice over there. Beautiful yacht marina. Nice pubs and restaurants to freshen up towards the end of your journey. A scarf would save you from flies in summer time.

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Jasmine Pink
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HikingBugsOver grown

I would highly recommend this trail, so many smaller routes available within this area. Cows , butterflies , bees , birds , swans , caterpillars , ducks , horses to accompany you.

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Elena T
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Absolutely fantastic trail. One of the best I've been to. Maybe because I love the sea, or because the weather has cooperated, or because the views were spectacular. I highly recommend it. The trail takes you along the perimeter of the island, the MOD security gates were opened. You will definitely need a hat, sunblock and reliable boots. Food and water (of course) you have to take with you, nothing is available on the island. The path is narrow and diverse: pebbles, sand, dirt, grass. It is flat though and rather long-ish. Even though the app claims it to be 15.3 km, for me it was 17 km on the dot.

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Nick Addems
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Jamie Collins
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Michael Hunter
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The views from the southern half of the island over the harbour are truly beautiful. Most of the time the access gates cause no problems and MOD buzz through without even needing to talk to them. However, I have had an issue in the past where no response from the gate meant that the walk was terminated, this was only on one occassion though. Well worth the trip.

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Sharon Wyatt
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Fabulous walk with lovely sea views. Easy to gain access to the Island, ring the bell and the gate was opened, MOD did not ask for any details.. Plenty of benches around the route to take a well earned rest and enjoy the views. Would highly recommend this walk.

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Paul Davies
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John Stevens
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Great walk, had a good days weather wise, which made it more enjoyable. Stop of for cake and tea at the scout hut was a highlight.

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Dan Vaughan
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Thoroughly enjoyable walk. New to the walking scene and this was our longest one yet. The terrain was nice and flat and there are some really nice views and wildlife along the way. Loved it.

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Fi Go0ow
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First to Review

East gate access is not working, impossible to access footpath on MOD site. 13.7.17 ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you couldn't access the walk. We have spoken to the MOD and they have explained that the buzzer on the East Gate is temporarily broken, but there should be a sign explaining that walkers should phone the Gate Post instead, so that access can be given. The phone number should be on the local signage and is 01243 388269. We will add this note to the walk directions for other walkers.

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Arjuna Adlam
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Andrew Bernhardt
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Nicki Henry
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Lee Breeds
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Sonny Brooks
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Gloria Miller
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Luba Deans
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Ann Highley
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Malcolm Peskett
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