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A walk from Portchester Castle to Salt Cafe

Well we just had to choose the worst day of the year to walk. The date had been set weeks before - who knew there would be the worst winds of the decade almost on this very day? But we didn't want to be beaten. We will walk to the cafe. At least it wasn't raining!

Parking is free next the castle and obviously, it wasn't busy this day! We set off around the outside of this medieval monument. The sea wall affords views across to Portsmouth and Gosport, and Portsdown Hill if you look behind. You can see the Spinnaker Tower in my photos, but you'd have to zoom in. The sea wall leads to a walk along a path, switching between grass (a much more sheltered area) beside a playpark, and the beach. It is an easy, flat walk, made slightly harder in the wind. After 1.75 miles, you reach the Salt Cafe (@saltcafe66). This took us one hour - that wind did slow us down!

I've had a breakfast bap there before and remember it being delicious, but slightly expensive. But today, we went for tea and cake. They serve decaffeinated tea, to my friend's pleasure. I chose courgette, pistachio and lime cake; she chose a cream tea and, being Cornish, I was pleased both that it was served with Rodda's clotted cream and that my friend prepared it correctly - jam before cream! This came to £10.50 which I felt was good value, considering the size of my slice of cake and the quality of it. 

The walk back was a little easier, thankfully, and was just enough time to catch up with each of our domestic issues, one work story, two holiday tales and both sets of offspring updates. 






 













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