GUIDE TO LANGSTONE HARBOUR
NAME OF RIVER: Langstone Harbour.
WHERE IS IT?: East Hampshire. Map.PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: Sinah Common, Hayling Island SU688000 (public slipway, pay-and-display parking nearby) at any state of tide; Langstone Bridge SU720040 (free parking south of bridge and west of A3023) at high tide only.
APPROX LENGTH: 6 miles up the harbour and back.
TIME NEEDED: Two hours.
ACCESS HASSLES: Public tidal water.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Best to get to top of harbour at high tide, but slack low tide also lasts long enough not to create problems.
GRADING: I placid.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Strong tides near Sinah Common in harbour mouth. The more open water in mid-harbour can be rough in windy conditions.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Sandbanks and mudflats, good views of South Downs and Isle of Wight.
OTHER NOTES: A pleasant trip at low water is to go up the main Langstone Channel and pick ones way back through the small channels of Rod Rythe and Sinah lake. Just north of the put-in is a Mulberry Harbour unit that never made it to France on D-day.
CONTRIBUTED BY: David Wilson.