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A paddle around Hayling Island

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Since buying our little slice of Hayling Island, in the form of an 8x10 shed, or Beach Hut, located on the Southernmost beach, I'd talked about, thought about and planned in my head a paddle around the island - it's an island after all so perfect for a circular trip.

Initially my idea had been to paddle board around the 14 odd miles but as this would be a fairly big undertaking on a paddle board and the weather would need to be pretty much ideal (including tides) I never got further than talking about it with Tom. Then came the Kayak.....

The double kayak (a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 135t (13.5ft)) made the round the island trip much more achievable as there would be two of us paddling and we'd be far less reliant on a flat-calm sea for our trip.

So, following an aborted trip up to see family nr York I found myself with a "spare" Friday off work and, as luck would have it, the tides were just about right for an early morning start and round-trip attempt - it was…

Walking the Clarendon Way

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The Plan
Walking the Clarendon Way from end-to-end was Tom's suggestion, I've ridden and walked chunks of it but never the whole thing - until he mentioned it I wasn't really sure exactly how long the route was.
"27 odd miles - we could do that easily in 1.5 days.  Start in Salisbury after lunch and then wild camp somewhere along the route and finish in Winchester the next day around lunch time" - Simple!  So we got planning. 
Dates, times and logistics were sorted and kit lists complied (see below) and the first Thursday & Friday August was agreed on.
The "campsite" proved to be the trickiest bit as we needed to stop around mid-way (13-14 miles) and ideally wanted somewhere wooded to stay in without having to stray too far from the route.  After a lot of map searching and googling we decided on the wooded nature reserve just outside of Broughton, Hampshire. At around 12 miles in it was a little under halfway but looked suitable and there was no oth…