Thorney Island is a 15.4 kilometer 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.

Distance: 15.4 km Elevation Gain: 102 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

historic site

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.

hiking
16 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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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