The river Itchen We offer guided walks across the Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Borough.

Pick a walk, and just turn up! The charge is £4 per walk. Free for under-16s, who must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear strong footwear and appropriate clothing.

In the event of adverse weather some walks may be cancelled at short notice for safety reasons. If in doubt, check this website for updates.

The story of a great military hospital

Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 7pm

Once the largest hospital in the world, it then more than doubled in size to cope with the numerous casualties of the First World War. Its site is now Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley. Come and see what remains of the hospital buildings, and hear about its history.
Please leave time to park and get to the start. Chargeable parking in the park; some free parking in Netley village requiring a longer walk. If using a satnav, ensure that it brings you to the Victoria Road entrance to the park (and not the Hound Road entrance which is for pedestrians only).

Historic Hiltingbury

Sunday 26th May 2019 at 2pm

Once farms & woodland, Hiltingbury is dotted with local history from the past 170 years. This new walk will highlight some of the pieces that you may have passed without noticing.
Includes a short woodland walk, so covering your legs is recommended.

Netley Abbey Village

Thursday 30th May 2019 at 7pm

From Agincourt to two world wars and a case of spontaneous combustion, the village has many stories.

North Stoneham Park

Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 2pm

North Stoneham estate has been around since the year 900 AD. Explore its history and learn about the interesting past of this old parish on the southern borders of modern Eastleigh town.
One stile to be climbed over.

Pubs of Hamble

Thursday 6th June 2019 at 7pm

A stroll round the local hostelries. Sailors were ever thirsty people, so there are plenty to choose from.

Tales of Netley Abbey

Sunday 9th June 2019 at 2pm

Your guide will tell tales of monks and Tudor living, to the Abbey’s days as a romantic Gothic ruin.
There is only a small car park at the Abbey, main parking is at the Abbey Hall car park, a short walk away at the end of Grange Road.

Pubs of Lower Swanwick and Old Bursledon

Thursday 13th June 2019 at 7pm

Stories behind the old pubs of Lower Swanwick and Old Bursledon; some disappeared, others changed their use.

Olde Otterbourne

Sunday 16th June 2019 at 2pm

From Roman soldiers to highwaymen to children’s stories, Otterbourne is full of surprises.

The Wickham Wander

Thursday 20th June 2019 at 7pm

Links to the strawberry trade and a novel way of fishing provide a fascinating evening walk.
Some steps.

Strawberries and Shipbuilding

Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 2pm

Bursledon village was at the heart of both industries. Discover how it happened.

Netley Military Cemetery

Thursday 27th June 2019 at 7pm

A peaceful haven of permanent rest, where enemies and allies lie side by side.

Hamble at War

Sunday 30th June 2019 at 2pm

Hamble was at the forefront of wartime activity from Agincourt to the Second World War.

Eastleigh Town

Sunday 7th July 2019 at 2pm

Road, rail and air have all played their part in producing the present town of Eastleigh.

Bygone Bursledon

Sunday 14th July 2019 at 2pm

Modest monks from Hamble set up the first church here, but a rich lady ruled the roost in later years.

The Dark Underbelly of Botley

Sunday 21st July 2019 at 2pm

Drunkenness, thievery and murder were part of everyday life once upon a time.

Cobbett ‘s Botley

Sunday 28th July 2019 at 2pm

Retrace the steps of William Cobbett, renowned journalist and author of the book Rural Rides, who once lived in Botley. Learn about the village he loved and the vicar he did not!

LONGER SUMMER WALK - Durley Mill and a Lost Railway Line

Sunday 18th August 2019 at 10:30am

This walk takes us through some of the old strawberry fields and clues to the lost station of Durley Halt.
Approx 4 hours, start 10.30am, return 2.30-3pm. We break for lunch in Durley – bring your own or get a snack at the pub.
In memory of our late colleague Fiona Kennedy, who initiated these longer summer walks before her death in 2015.

Old Swaythling

Sunday 1st September 2019 at 2pm

Almost overwhelmed by Southampton, the village and its church have a fascinating tale to tell.

What’s in a Name?

Sunday 8th September 2019 at 2pm

Discovering links between people, street names and buildings on a walk through Eastleigh’s main streets.

Allbrook Allsorts

Sunday 15th September 2019 at 2pm

Snapshots of village life ranging from the 17th Century portrait artist Mary Beale to Otterbourne Grange, plus The Trough scandal.

Hamble Common

Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 2pm

A stroll across the common where prehistoric man once walked and modern woodcarvings now stand in the landscape.

The Hamble Amble

Sunday 29th September 2019 at 2pm

Enjoy a stroll around this maritime village with a rich and varied history.

Bygone Bishopstoke

Sunday 6th October 2019 at 2pm

Older than neighbouring Eastleigh, Bishopstoke has a long and rich history of its own.

North Stoneham Church

Sunday 13th October 2019 at 2pm

St. Nicolas Church is the ancient parish church of the previously large North Stoneham parish. Links with Guy Fawkes, the powerful Fleming family and Admiral Hawke are just some of its secrets.

Netley Abbey Village

Sunday 20th October 2019 at 2pm

From Agincourt to two world wars and a case of spontaneous combustion, the village has many stories.

Fair Oak

Sunday 27th October 2019 at 2pm

Join our guide to discover some surprising characters and stories about this quiet village.