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It’s a meditative event as soon as my toes stop gripping the board as if i am teetering off the edge of the Empire State constructing. We go with the flow peacefully down the salt marsh channels, waving at samphire foragers.
They do a couple of adventurous paddles, together with stuff involving surf, however I’m taken with the aid of the idea of the entire-moon day trip. They paddle by way of the light of the moon alongside the pebbled spit to Hurst citadel, returning in the dark.
rising from Keyhaven harbour, we go across the highway to revamped pub The Gun lodge. This beauty has a passionate chef whose red meat-dripping chip butties, crab mayo sandwiches, salt-aged rib-eye steaks and crock-pot crumbles have the pub full. In its sunny garden, a resident offers me the lowdown on the tradition here. ‘The wooded area is medieval in more methods than one,’ says Geoff, who’s cradling a native IPA. ‘The gadget of rules and rights that existed a millennium ago are still intact.’
He explains that locals are nevertheless referred to as commoners and they have the correct to normal, estovers and pannage.
After lunch we pick out a bit promenading at Barton-on-Sea, which is also the start of the epic 60-mile coastal route, the Solent method.
A Victorian entrepreneur developed Barton-on-Sea, however his massive brick inns have been changed with residence constructions now.
We walk fast alongside the blustery sand-and-pebble seashore, a catwalk for pomskis and cockapoos, attempting to build up an appetite for tonight’s show: The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, Hampshire’s most costly coastal inn.
That evening the barn-like restaurant is filled with company who cannot wait to get their chops around chef James Martin’s food.
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Feeling utterly justified in tucking in after a weekend spent biking, paddleboarding and going for walks on this lovely coast, we put away double macaroni and cheese, an entire lemon sole, baby spinach lashed with Grana Padano and yuzu miso dressing, a salad of timber-roasted asparagus with Winchester watercress, oh, and a knickerbocker glory.
It hurts our bellies – i recommend donning whatever thing elasticated – however it’s worth it.