The river Itchen Hamble Valley & Eastleigh Heritage Guides is a group of volunteers who organise and offer guided walks across the Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Borough. Have a look at our schedule of walks, pick one you fancy. We'll see you there!

The charge per adult per walk is £2. No unaccompanied children but accompanied children under the age of 16 are free. Please wear/bring appropriate clothing bearing in mind that the weather can change during the course of a walk. Strong footwear is recommended. In the event of adverse weather, for health or safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. Check this website for updates.

Strawberries and Steam: A walk at Hound

Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2pm

This walk takes us to the charming church at Hound, before returning via the old strawberry fields and Hamble Rail Trail. According to accessibility we may be able to visit the church itself, the site of an eighteenth century tragedy. Two hours walking time.

Fair Oak's Hidden History Revealed

Sunday 1st July 2018 at 2pm

This walk around the village of Fair Oak, will include the interior of the church. As part of the walk, you will also discover who lived in The Big House, where it was and what happened to it...!

Botley Village

Sunday 8th July 2018 at 2pm

Botley, at first sight, seems a ‘safe’ English large village. But within its story lies a more gritty and turbulent history than might be supposed, involving the effects of wars, murder most foul, radical politics, and revolutionary change in transport and industry.

Being at the point at which the Hamble ceases to be tidal has also affected Botley’s development in ways that are not obvious. In the age of the car, we speed over what was a major choke point for commerce and travel without even noticing the river, and might wonder why Botley once hosted 13 pubs and ale houses. The walk will highlight some of the factors that have affected the story of Botley.

The Bursledon Boatbuilders

Sunday 15th July 2018 at 2pm

From Agincourt to Trafalgar, Bursledon has been building boats to defend our shores. This walk will look at the lives of the boatbuilders, what they did, who they were (including Daniel Defoe, and a lady boatbuilder) and what they achieved.

Netley Military Cemetery

Sunday 22nd July 2018 at 2pm

A walk in the military cemetery that is part of the Royal Victoria Country Park. More details to follow shortly.

Netley Abbey ruins

Sunday 29th July 2018 at 2pm

More details to follow shortly with information as to start point and nearby parking