Hamble Point has been a key location for defensive fortifications throughout history. Nearby Hamble Common Camp is the site of a settlement dating back to the Iron Age and in the 16th Century Henry VIII chose this area to build St Andrew’s Castle as protection from France and the Holy Roman Empire. The castle has since been almost entirely lost to coastal erosion. In more recent history, defences like the WWII anti-aircraft Bofors gun installed here were positioned to protect Spitfire production and the oil refinery at Fawley.
Hamble is also synonymous with J Class Yachts. First made to participate in the 1930 America’s Cup, a limited number of these beautiful single-mast yachts have ever been made. Find out more on the J Class Association website.
On the plaque there are Yellow-horned poppies, which grow around the coast. After flowering in June the plant grows horn-like seedpods up to 30cm long. The sap of the Yellow-horned poppy is poisonous. Find out more about Yellow-horned poppies on the Wildlife Trust website.
This is the eighth marker post on the Hamble Peninsula Trails. From here it takes approximately 25 minutes to walk north to Hamble Foreshore.
Taking the Principal Trail further north to Bursledon Station, takes roughly 100 minutes to walk.
Travelling north west along the Principal Trail to Netley Abbey takes around 100 minutes to walk.
You can also use the supporting trails to find your own route either along the coast, or inland visiting Netley, Hamble and Bursledon railway stations, where you will find the Parish Posts designed by artist Madeleine Allison.