68c – Fawley

When you walk right by an oil refinery you expect to see an oil refinery, right?  Wrong!

Blackfield, Fawley


They did a pretty good job of hiding it from view!  You had to look quite carefully to see rocket-like structures poking up between the trees.  The structure we saw was just about ready to blast off at any moment!

Fawley Refinery Through the Trees

Not all of Fawley stood so hidden.  The chimney of Fawley Power Station stood rather incongruously against its New Forest backdrop.

Fawley Power Station Chimney

The New Forest?  Yes, we had reached its furthest eastern boundaries…

New Forest Boundary

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Blackfield:  N 50° 49.580 W 001° 22.350
  • Fawley Oil Refinery:  N 50° 49.900 W 001° 22.050
  • New Forest National Park Boundary:  N 50° 49.445 W 001° 20.770

Walk #68 Statistics (of which this post forms the third part):

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3 Responses to 68c – Fawley

  1. jcombe says:

    Another milestone to reach the New Forest. It’s lovely but sadly there isn’t a proper route along the coast, so you’ll be getting used to the tarmac… Even the Solent Way seems to just give up and be routed along the busy B-road into Beaulieu (I’m sure someone could have found a better route….)

    • Wingclipped says:

      Yes! I dread to think how many road miles we walked those two days. Thankfully we blitzed them and got to Lymington the next evening. It’s a pity a coastal route isn’t open through the New Forest…

  2. #2 looks like a Heath-Robinson design for getting a liquid from one side of a structure to the other (without having to go to the trouble of a short length of pipe round the base of it…) RH

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