Places of Interest on Hayling Island4th February 2015
Perched on the Hampshire coast, set in the shimmering Solent, Hayling Island continues to attract countless tourists from both home and abroad. With its favourable climate, fascinating history, and vast array of family-friendly fun activities, it’s hard to find a reason not to come and experience Hayling Island and all it has to offer.
There really is something for everyone on this little, but fun-packed island. One of the best-known local attractions is the Hayling Billy Trail. This 4-mile path runs from West Town at the southern point of the island, right up to Langstone Bridge at the northern end. It has twin tracks, one suitable for riding on horseback, and the other for walking or cycling (dogs are also welcome). Originally, it was the sight of the Hayling Billy Railway Line, which was unfortunately closed in 1963. The silver lining, however, is that now the line is open for all to enjoy on foot while taking in the very best of the surrounding natural beauty, and sea views.
While you’re outdoors, enjoying the many walks the island has to offer, you might want to consider where you might go to enjoy some of the great array of flora and fauna that thrive on Hayling Island. Local nature expert, Ralph Hollins, gives details of 20 walks that offer the very best of local wildlife and plant life, which you can find here.
Enjoying local walks and cycle trails isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, we know. Sometimes, the family needs something a little more thrilling and action-packed. If that’s the case for you, then you should definitely check out Funland! This theme park offers several roller coasters, an exciting log ride, bowling, kids’ entertainment both outdoor and indoor, and so much more. It really is the perfect family day out that guarantees thrills and spills of all kinds to suit all ages.
Those looking for something a little more cultural will definitely want to take a look at the Station Theatre. Local amdram group, HIADS (Hayling Island Amateur Dramatics Society), as well as some outside groups, put on fantastic shows regularly, which are well received by locals and tourists alike. What’s more, the theatre is housed within a beautifully renovated old railway station building, which brings a bit of local heritage into every performance.
Of course, if you don’t want to, you needn’t head out of Mill Rythe, where we too put on fantastic shows every night, and offer a great selection of delicious food, and comfortable accommodation. Whatever you decide to do with your time, you can enjoy it with the backdrop of beautiful Hayling Island, a clear blue sky and not a care in the world. Browse our website to find the latest on upcoming offers, and book your stay with us now!