Gah! There was a queue for the ferry across to Hurst Castle! Still, as it turned out we all managed to fit on one boat.
Hurst Castle is one of Henry VIII’s device forts, constructed in the 1540’s. Its aim was to protect the south coast from attack after he divorced Catherine of Aragon and upset the fair folk of France. And Spain. And quite a lot of Europe generally. It stands at the end of Hurst Spit which extends about a mile and a half into the sea. Although Hurst Spit was naturally formed, there have been several breaches of the shingle bank in the past. In 1996 major work was undertaken to replenish the shingle and fortify the spit. It is now regularly maintained with shingle recycling operations.
Hurst Castle was the final prison of Charles I in 1648. He was kept here until taken to London for his trial and execution. The Hurst Castle of today is much larger than the original fortification, having been extended and further fortified through the centuries. It is quite impressive!
Around its far side we had good views across to the Isle of Wight.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Keyhaven Ferry: N 50° 43.272 W 001° 33.905
- Hurst Castle: N 50° 42.387 W 001° 33.070
- Hurst Spit: N 50° 42.750 W 001° 34.270
Walk #70 Statistics (of which this post forms the second part):
- Date of Walk: 19 April 2014
- Walk #70 total distance covered (excluding ferry): 13.35 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 606.70 miles
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