Hayling Billy Coastal Path

Mudflats beside The Hayling Billy Path © Hugh Venables
Langstone Harbour © Espresso Addict
Hayling Billy Coastal Path © Anthony Brunning

The Hayling Billy Coastal Path is a track used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders along the bed of an old railway line between Havant and Hayling Island. This route follows the path in its entirety, starting at Havant train station. You may of course join the trail at numerous points along the way.

As the route is linear, on arrival in Hayling town you need to turn around and retrace your steps. The Ship Inn at Langstone is a pleasant place to stop for drinks or a bite to eat en-route.

The Hayling Billy Trail starts in the car park of Havant train station. Follow the clearly marked cycle path to New Lane and through the crossing gates.

From New Lane the trail runs south along the old Hayling Billy line track bed, passing under the A27 before reaching the A3023 road into Hayling Island at Langstone. The Ship Inn is a wonderful place to stop for drinks and enjoy the views across Langstone Harbour.

From the Ship Inn the trail crosses over the road bridge that takes you onto Hayling Island. From here rejoin the old train line and follow the coast to Hayling town. At this point you need to turn around and retrace your steps back to Havant train station.

The trail can be broken into smaller pieces by joining it at other various places along the 5 mile length. The car park at the Ship Inn is a good starting point as you can then choose to do either the north stretch to Havant or the trail to the south to Hayling.

Trail Location

The starting point for the trail is Havant train station, although it can be joined at numerous other places. Perhaps the best way to reach the trail is by train, as trains run from Havant along the coast to Portsmouth and Southampton in the west and Brighton in the east, and to stations towards London. By car, Havant is off the A27 coastal road just east of the A3(M).

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Readers' Comments

  • Sun 24 Sep 2017, 19:52
    Miss O Art

    We walked the Hayling Billy today from the Inn on the Beach at the sea front on Hayling Island to Langstone Bridge and back again. This works out around 7 Miles, it was a very pleasant walk all in the open not much tree cover. The trail is flat but stoney and your likely to see more bike riders than Walkers.

  • Mon 14 Sep 2015, 08:09

    walked the trail from Havant train Station. Stopped at the Ship for a fantastic lunch. I was aware that the ferry was no longer working from the end of the trail to Eastney but a bus service was mentioned on an old map. We were informed by a very nice man at the Ferry pub that this hadn't run for some time- v frustrating!!! had another couple of miles to the next bus stop to get back to Havant at a cost of nearly £5 each. Come on Havant council make this beautiful part of the South coast more accessible and get that ferry up and running again!!

  • Wed 27 Jul 2011, 21:15

    I cycled this route last weekend with my 10 year old daughter. It is very pleasant and I would recommend it to all. When you reach the end of the line on Hayling Island it is worth continuing for another 5 minutes to the coast. Ice creams at the beach front cafe and a pint of London Pride at the pub (The Ship I think) beside Langstone Harbour. A beautiful afternoon out. Tip, avoid paying 2 pounds on a Sunday to park at Havant railway station by parking in the council car park just off Beechworth Road.

  • Thu 13 Jan 2011, 16:58
    Walk and Cycle

    We have just been informed by a reader that there is a very dangerous hole about 1ft in diameter and about 1ft deep in the middle of the left hand path just past where the wooden railings finish going south towards the station. A piece of broken wood has been placed over it to make it more obvious, but someone with bad eyesight or not paying attention could have a very bad accident.