βš“οΈπŸŒ»πŸŒŠ Hayling Island is situated between Portsmouth and Chichester harbour, and is linked to the mainland by both road bridge and ferry. We thought we’d share a breakdown of some spots we visited on the island. We always enjoy stopping to take in the views so we paused just before the bridge for great views of Langstone Harbour and views of the wildfowl. If you are lucky you might even spot a seal!

Northney Farm Tea Rooms

πŸ“ Northney Farm Tea Rooms Northney Farm, Hayling Island, PO11 0SE

Our first stop was for a late brekkie at Northney Farm Tea Rooms, just in time for its 10am opening as this spot gets busy. It’s a working dairy farm and we do love to support independents, and Northney source plenty of local items for their dishes, from their very own farm milk for their coffees and teas to their locally sourced meat, and their sister farm Stoke Fruit Farm provides the majority of their fruit, veg and eggs from their free-range chickens

Don’t forget to say hello to the cows which you can view from the outdoor seating.

We had a nice full English, a mushroom, egg and bacon on toast dish, banana milkshake, two iced coffees which came to Β£31 which was reasonable value with all the local produce. The views were great looking over one of their fields with cows crazing.

The tea rooms are open everyday, from 10am to 5pm. They offer a breakfast menu from 10am to 11:30am and their lunch menu is available from 12pm to 3:30pm.

Sam’s Sunflowers

πŸ“ Sam’s Sunflowers Stoke Fruit Farm Shop, PO11 0PT

Next up, just a few mins’ drive away, we enjoyed a fab visit to arguably Hampshire’s biggest sunflower experience today after being invited down by the owner Sam and family who have been enjoying our page.

This isn’t just a little sunflower field to have a short walk and pick a few, it’s huge with so much to do, you can easily spend hours there! Everything from photo ops, to entertainment, maize maze, and more.

More info with opening times and prices here – https://www.stokefruitfarm.co.uk/sunflowers

Hayling Island light railway

πŸ“ Hayling light railway, Sea Front, Hayling Island PO11 0AG

Hayling railway station

The island takes just 10-15 mins to drive from the north to south side, and next, we headed to the southeast of the island where there is a nice collection of shops, food spots, the beach of course, and this nice little attraction.

The Hayling Light Railway is a 2ft narrow gauge line running along the southern seafront of Hayling Island. Between Eastoke and Beachlands, the line boasts some of the best views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

The train runs every weekend and Wednesday, throughout the year, plus daily during all school holidays, weather permitting.

A delightful 2-mile return journey on a charming narrow gauge light railway.

West Beach

πŸ“ inn on the beach, 97 Sea Front, Hayling Island PO11 0AS

Driving five minutes west, we visited West Beach which is Hayling’s most popular beach. Lying at the west end of the seafront, the waters here are the most sheltered by the West Winner sand bar, it was still pretty choppy on the day we visited!

The beach is popular for kite surfers and families enjoying the beach, it has rows of photogenic colourful beach huts and a nice waterfront restaurant/pub called ‘Inn on the Beach’.

Inn on the Beach has great views from their upstairs indoor area or their outside waterfront terrace. It serves up some great fish and chips and cocktails too.

We went for a wild swim, and then grabbed an ice cream from a nice little pod behind the car park.

Hayling Billy Trail

πŸ“Hayling Billy Trail, Havant Rd., Hayling Island PO11 0LW

Driving back up to the north side of the island, within ten minutes we were back near the bridge and you can join the start of the Hayling Billy Trail where we scouted the start for a future trip. 

The Hayling Billy Coastal Path is a track used by walkers, cyclists, and horse riders along the bed of an old railway line between Havant and Hayling Island. It takes you across the west coast, where you will be able to spot local wildlife features like flora, active oyster beds, and many species of seabird. This easy cycle route is a 5-mile round trip, all of which are off-road.

If you’re interested in cycling along the Billy Trail, check out our post dedicated to it!

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