A Summers day out on the other side of Southampton Water from Home.Down to Calshot through the edge of the New Forest
Calshot Castle this is an artillery fort, building started in 1584 by Henry VIII on Calshot spit on the Solent to defend the entrance to Southampton Water, built as part of a chain of costal defences to defend England especially at the time when he broke up the Catholic Church. Next to the castle is a activity centre run by Hampshire County Council, which was the site of RAF Calshot which started life as a seaplane and flying boat station.(RAF left at the start of the 60s) The Schneider Trophy seaplane races of 1929 & 1931 were held at RAF Calshot. On the tip of the spit is Calshot Tower of the NCI (National Coastwatch Institute) an voluntary organisation that keeps a visual watch along the coast of the UK.