Explore Historic Portsmouth along three kilometres of promenade which links Portsmouth’s historic waterfront.
The trail starts at the gates of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and finishes at Southsea Castle, taking in The Hard, Gunwharf Quays, the Camber, Old Portsmouth to Southsea.
The walkway has been built of the highest quality natural stone and opened up waterfront land that had been closed to the public for centuries. The route is indicated by a chain motif set into the surface, symbolising partnership between the communities of Portsmouth and Gosport and between past and present. Historically it also refers to the chain, which used to be tightened across the harbour entrance at times of potential attack. Column-mounted lanterns light the promenade, designed to reflect the historic character of blue lights at night that are strung around the harbour.
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Our thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling us to bring this story to life in the form of exciting trail events and workshops.
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