Fort Nelson and Portchester Castle History Walk - plus Poppies: Wave

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 19
2018

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Just over 10 miles mostly coastal walk but with a 120m climb near the beginning

Join us for a circular walk taking in some of Hampshire's historical, military and cultural heritage.

The south coast is rich with naval history and this walk explores some of the those sights.

Some of the points of interested on our walk:

The Original Nelson's Column, built in 1807-8 to commemorate the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The architect was inspired by the 4th century AD obelisk at Axum, the ancient religious capital of Ethiopia.  It may not be as tall as Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square - but this is the original!

Fort Nelson is probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress and has been restored to its original 19th-century state, together with parts of its Second World War heritage. The Fort was built in the 1860s as part of a defensive chain around Portsmouth and its vital Royal Dockyard. The Fort is now home to the Royal Armouries and contains an impressive collection of military hardware within its ramparts, outer fortifications, secret underground tunnels, and ammunition bunkers.

Whilst at the Fort we'll be able to see the Poppies: Wave installation, a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, originally inspired by Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London.

Portchester Castle is the most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts and was originally built in the late 3rd century. An exhibition in the keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village, and displays finds excavated on site.

Fort Nelson Guns and Poppies
Poppies
Fort Nelson Tunnel
Original Nelson's Column
Portchester Castle (c) Mack McLane
Portchester Castle (c) Mike Searle
Fort Nelson Guns and Poppies
Poppies
Fort Nelson Tunnel
Original Nelson's Column
Portchester Castle (c) Mack McLane
Portchester Castle (c) Mike Searle

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