The New Forest National Park Authorityâ€™s Recreation Management Strategy has beenÂ published following public consultation.
The report touches on the start of the Solent Way which continues the BournemouthÂ Coast Path beyond Milford-on-Sea.
The “coastal path between Lymington and Hurst Castle including Hurst Spit” isÂ highlighted as a “honey pot” site.
Looking to the effect of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, introducing a newÂ coastal trail, the report says: “Where there is an existing route along the coastÂ which meets the relevant criteria, the trail is likely to adopt this line, as forÂ example between Hurst Spit and Lymington.
“Where there is no suitable route, a new convenient or improved route will beÂ provided that meets the criteria set out by Natural England.”
There is acknowlegement that west of Lymington the Solent Way is little used but aÂ suggestion that “there is likely to be considerable latent demand for access if newÂ facilities are provided”.
Copies of the Recreation Management Strategy can be downloaded from the New ForestÂ website.