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Walking Past – Gosport Waterfront, North Walk

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Walk Details

From the Tourist Information Centre, walk away from the Gosport Ferry towards the main road. Turn right onto the main road past the Castle Tavern PH. Turn right onto Harbour Road and follow the road round to the left. As the road bends, look over to the right and across to Gosport (Premier) Marina/Endeavour Quay. Warning- keep your wits about you with moving vehicles, boats and cranes.

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Turn right on to the A32, walking past some warehouses on your right which contain a local brewery, then turn right onto Weevil Lane. Walk past the car park entrances and then turn right into the main car park at Cooperage Green. As you head round to the left, you will see the Pump House Café. You have now entered Royal Clarence Yard. Keeping the Pump House on your left, continue to the far side of the car park, where you will see a small opening between buildings. Enter into Flagstaff Green.

Turning away from the original gate, head towards the waterfront and then turn left, pausing at the huge red brick buildings.

Continue towards and under the old Granary until you reach another building, now a gym, but originally the slaughterhouse. At this point turn left and rejoin Weevil Lane, turning right. As the road bends round to the left you will see a path on the right leading to the Millennium Bridge. Walk towards it and pause on the bridge.

Continue over the bridge, making sure to check out the interpretation board, then bear right onto Heritage Way. Follow the road up to where the road bends and you should be able to walk through to Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. If for any reason the gate is shut, you can continue along Heritage Way to the far side of the Museum and also see the Powder Monkey Brewing Company and the Ramparts Heritage Area. You are now in Priddy’s Hard.

Return back along Heritage Way, avoiding the road down to the museum, and turn right onto Searle Drive. Turn left at the end and take the footpath back to the Millennium Bridge. Return over the bridge and then bear right onto Weevil Lane. Continue along Weevil Lane keeping Clarence Marina on your right. Pause at the old railway crossing.

Continue to the end of Weevil Lane and then turn right and pause at the old Guards House of St George’s Barracks, now a nursery.

Cross over the A32 where it is safe to do so, then turn left and then right onto Clarence Road, keeping St George’s Barracks south on your right. As you walk past this part of the Barracks, look out for the tin-roofed building.

Continue along Clarence Road, until the road forks. Take the right fork along Ordnance Road until you join the High Street, and then turn left.

At the end of the High Street, cross over the road and head back to the Tourist Information Centre.

Carpark: .off White Hart Road, Gosport PO12 1SE

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Portsmouth

Points of Interest …

1) The Castle Tavern is built on the former site of Fort Charles, a fort built in the 17th Century by Sir Bernard de Gommer on behalf of Charles II. Fort Charles was constructed with earth ramparts and a moat to protect the town.

Gosport (Premier) Marina is known locally as Camper and Nicholsons, and was established over 200 years ago by two individuals who went on to design and manufacture high-class racing yachts. The boatyard was a major contributor to the Gosport economy and employed many local people. Today, the marina has capacity for 500 wet berths and 148 boats on its dry stack, plus a fully serviced boatyard offering 24-hour access to the water.

Boatyard

2) The Pump House was built in the 1760’s and stood over a well that once provided water for the Royal Clarence Yard, including the brew house which produced both a sailors daily gallon of beer, and then the tot of rum. The building is now a Grade II Listed building which is used as a café.

When in Flagstaff Green you can see to the left the original gateway complete with a lion and unicorn on top, into Royal Clarence Yard (RCY). RCY was established in the late 1820s and was used for Royal Navy supplies (victuals). The area contained a bakery, granary, rum store and slaughterhouse. The establishment closed completely in 1994 and has now been converted into residential apartments as well as some restaurants along the waterfront.

Flagstaff Green

3) Directly in front of you and to the left is the old Granary and Bakery of RCY. To the right you are able to look over to HMNB Portsmouth. From this point you should be able to spot HMS Victory in the dockyard in Portsmouth, and if you are lucky, one of the current huge Aircraft Carriers alongside.

Clarence Marina

4) Millennium Bridge (formally known as Forton Lake Bridge) is a working bridge that opens to allow vessels to sail between Forton Lake and Portsmouth Harbour. Look out for the mosaic on the ground just before the bridge, which depicts the workers of Priddy’s Hard.

Underneath the bridge is Forton Lake, a tidal creek. When the tide is out you may see plenty of hulks of ships including old landing craft, barges and ferries. To the right of the bridge you can spot Burrow ‘Rat’ Island. It once housed Fort James, one of three Forts that defended the Harbour entrance.

Millenium Bridge

5) Priddy’s Hard, named after Jane Priddy, who the land was purchased from in 1750, was bought to construct an earthen rampart as part of an extension of the defences, known as the Gosport Lines. The Royal Navy’s Armaments Depot was sited here 1770-1989 and includes a gun store and bastion. Outside the ramparts, the area is part of a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), providing a habitat for great crested newts.

Explosion! Museum offers a collection of armaments from gunpowder to missiles and is well worth a look. Check the Museum’s opening times before planning a visit. The museum houses the Grand Magazine, Gosport’s only Grade I Listed Building.

Explosion Entrance

6) Walking along Weevil Lane, you would have walked past the old Officers Quarters of St George’s Barracks.

As you reach the railway line, you are looking at one of the last preserved parts of railway built at the request of Prince Albert, and to allow some privacy for Queen Victoria as she travelled down this part of the branch line from Gosport Station, into the dock at Royal Clarence Yard.

Railway Crossing

7) St George’s Barracks was designed to accommodate the infantry regiment. Built in the 1850s, they were built in a different low-level style with verandahs. There has been much debate about the style and whether the buildings were even intended to be built here or whether there had been a map mix-up. The barracks were used by the Royal Navy during World War II as a training base. The site is now split between the day nursery, and residential (which is on both sides of the A32).

Guards House

8) As you walk along Clarence Road, you will see the remains of St George’s Barracks. Buildings here included the soldiers barracks and recreation facilities including the gymnasium, which has now been converted into offices, and the sergeants’ mess, which has been demolished and replaced by modern apartments, although its gateway in the iron railings was left intact. The small corrugated iron Garrison church still survives, and was added after 1890.

9) As you walk along Ordnance Road, on the left is the old Grammar School, which is currently home to the Gosport Gallery and SEARCH museum. It is currently being developed into a new Museum as part of the regeneration of the High Street and will reopen as Gosport Museum and Art Gallery. Head south along the High Street, an area that was heavily bombed during World War II.

There are however still many places of interest, including St Mary’s RC Church, where the Spanish Queen Donna Maria Francesca has a commemoration stone. Take your time wandering along the High Street, paying particular notice to the engraved work on the ground, and the intricate details and blue plaques on the buildings above.