About 5 minutes from park
Langstone Harbour Board, Ferry Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0DGVisit Website
The opposite side of Hayling Island to Chichester Harbour, Langstone Harbour is famous for its scenery and wildlife. Whether you’re spotting birds from dry land or getting out onto the water on a boat, there’s something for the whole family around the harbour. At Langstone Harbour fishing is a very popular pastime, thanks to all those different species in the water. Permits are required, as they are for jet skiing in the harbour too. Other popular water sports include yachting, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and waterskiing, as long as it’s licensed.
Langstone Harbour moorings are available for visitors if you have your own boat, costing £8.50 for up to four hours and £14.50 for up to 24 hours. Other short-term moorings are also available, depending on how long you want to stay for. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, there are lots of great Langstone Harbour walks you can do. Everything from gentle strolls through the Farlington Marshes to long 14-mile hikes around the entire harbour are possible, with ferries available to take you back to where you started if needed. The water isn’t designated as bathing water, but regular tests on its quality are carried out by the Environment Agency, and standards have improved over recent years. Swimming in Langstone Harbour is at your own risk, although boats are required to keep their speed down in case you do get in the water.
There are a number of places you can access Langstone Harbour from, including at the end of Ferry Road on the south-west coast of Hayling Island. There’s plenty of parking here, as well as waterside pubs and cafes, plus companies offering boat trips and other activities and excursions. It takes around 15 minutes to drive here from the Havant and Hayling Island roundabout on the A27. If you’re arriving by public transport, you can catch a Southern train to Havant Station and hop on the number 30 or 31 bus to Hayling Island Sea Front. This leaves you around a mile from the Hayling Ferry landing point. You can also get here by catching a ferry from Eastney Landing, which is a couple of miles from Fratton station in Portsmouth.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big