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 wonderful 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.
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).