The river Itchen Hamble Valley & Eastleigh Heritage guides are a group of volunteers who run guided walks across the Hamble Valley. Have a look at our schedule of walks, pick one you fancy. We'll see you there!

Date & TimeWalk
2pm Sunday 26th April 2015

Royal Victoria Hospital Country Park, Netley

Join your guides for a tour around the tranquil park on the site of the former military hospital.
Overlooking Southampton Water was one of the most amazing buildings ever seen in Britain. The vast hospital had a quarter of a mile frontage, a pier, ornamental gardens and its own railway station.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Meet in the car park behind the Chapel building in the Park, pay and display pariking charges apply., SO31 5GA (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Otterbourne and the 1415 Plot

Enjoy a Bank Holiday weekend wander.This year during the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, our springtime walk will take us to Otterbourne for springtime flowers and the story of those who planned to murder Henry V before he sailed for France and the Battle of Agincourt. Meet on the green opposite The Otter pub.

2pm Sunday 10th May 2015

William Cobbett`s Botley

Retrace the steps of William Cobbett, journalist and author of the book "Rural Rides" who once lived in Botley,to find out about the history of this former market town.

2pm Sunday 17th May 2015

All around Allbrook

A longer stroll around the parish of Allbrook and North Boyatt. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, the artist Mary Beale, old brickworks and much more.

2pm Sunday 24th May 2015


Dating back to Domesday, as its name suggests, Bishopstoke has ancient links with the Bishops of Winchester and the river was an important trade route for the village. Learn more on this walk around the old village.

2pm Sunday 31st May 2015

English Heritage Netley Abbey Ruins Tour

Always popular, visit the ancient ruins and join a full of facts guided tour around the site of a once thriving monastic community and now a national historic site under the care and protection of English Heritage.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Limited parking available on site, if full park in Abbey Hall car park 100 yards to east opposite Grange Road junction., SO31 5FA (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 7th June 2015

Wickham Wandering

A walk away from the Borough of Eastleigh in the former market village of Wickham, famous for its wide square. Walk around and learn the history about some of the historic buildings of this scenic spot adjacent to the River Meon.

2pm Sunday 14th June 2015

Venture around Itchen Valley, West End

A new countryside walk exploring the River Itchen flood plain fields and part of Itchen Valley Country Park.

2pm Sunday 21st June 2015


Another chance to explore the quiet lanes of old Bursledon and learn more about this village next to the Hamble River.Once a centre for shipbuilding supplying fine boats for the Navy, including Nelson`s "Elephant".

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Great Down Park open space car park - Opposite Bursledon Infants School, Long Lane, Bursledon , SO31 8BZ (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 28th June 2015

What`s in a name: the story behind some of the road names in Eastleigh town.

Join a guided tour around some of the over a century old streets of Eastleigh and learn the story behind some of the town`s road names.

2pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Hamble At War

The location of Hamble at the mouth of Southampton Water has given it a vital defensive role over the centuries. Join this walk to learn more of the military and wartime activities in different campaigns.

2pm Sunday 12th July 2015

Solent Shores around Warsash

A new coast and countryside walk taking in the Solent shoreline and Warsash Common areas below the mouth of the Hamble River.

2pm Sunday 19th July 2015

Chandler`s Ford and Valley Park woods and meadows

Chandler`s Ford and Valley Park have some modern developments blessed with pleasant more natural areas served by an assortment of varying paths. Come along to explore the areas features.

2pm Sunday 26th July 2015

Botley Village

One time the home of William Cobbett renowned author of "Rural Rides", who proclaimed the village as delightful; who are we to argue!

10:30am Sunday 16th August 2015

Summer Holiday Longer Walk

To be decided, watch this space.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: No information currently available, check back later
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 6th September 2015

Bygone times of Bishopstoke

East of Eastleigh town, old Bishopstoke alongside the River Itchen is steeped in history. Discover more on this meander around the area.

Sunday 13th September 2015

National Heritage Weekend

No guided walks, your chance to go off exploring places open as part of annual National Heritage Weekend

2pm Sunday 20th September 2015

Down Bursledon Way

An early autumn walk around the pretty lanes and paths of this special character area.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Great Down Park open space car park - Opposite Bursledon Infants School, Long Lane, Bursledon , SO31 8BZ (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 27th September 2015

Bound around Hound

A walk along this delightful route exploring the woods and open spaces of Hound together with northern part of Hamble Rail Trail. Wear suitable footwear for cross field walking.

2pm Sunday 4th October 2015

North Stoneham Park- woods and meadows

Explore the history of the North Stoneham estate, around since 900AD.
Enjoy a walk in the fields and around lakes (angling club permitting) whilst learning of the interesting past of this old parish on the southern borders of modern Eastleigh town. One stile to be climbed over.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Outside The Cricketers pub, Chestnut Avenue--parking avialable in playing field car park across other side of Chestnut Avenue., SO50 3HN (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 11th October 2015

St Nicolas Church , North Stoneham

Just to the south west of bustling Eastleigh town lies St Nicholas Church, Stoneham Lane , the ancient parish church of the one time large North Stoneham parish. In this short walk tour around the church and graveyard, hear interesting stories of past people and events, including connections to the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Entrance to graveyard off gravel track leading from stoneham Lane next to church, Eastleigh, SO50 9HS (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 18th October 2015

Flit around Fair Oak

A country walk taking in somewhat hidden open spaces meadows and woodlands with some surprising views.

2pm Sunday 25th October 2015

Hamble and its Pubs

In a village with seafaring and boat building traditions, it is perhaps not surprising that there have been numerous places for supping. This walk around the heart of the village throws light on the history of the village hostelries.