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.

Hamble Village

Sunday 29th April 2018 at 2pm

Looking at Hamble Village today, with its air of relaxed wealth and leisure yachting, it would be easy to sum it up as little more than a rich person's playground. In fact, over the centuries Hamble's history is also shot through with hard graft, social and industrial change and the effects of war. For its size, Hamble has an impressive history. Very much connected to the sea, it was once a centre for shipbuilding and fishing. It has a Norman Priory church, once had a castle in the time of Henry VIII and its aircraft industries and personalities played a most important role during both World Wars and in peacetime. Over the centuries its people have seen the great 16C ship, Grace Dieu, a prototype of a secret submarine used the river and the US Navy's operations here in the Second World War left a lasting legacy. Come and join our Guide for a walk that will take you through centuries of our history, all in an afternoon’s walk!

Stoke Park Woods and Wild Flowers

Sunday 6th May 2018 at 2pm

A woodland stroll through Stoke Park Woods and Barnfield Copse, hopefully admiring some wild flowers along the way.
Rough walking and mud can be expected this year!

Chandlers Ford Thoroughfares

Sunday 13th May 2018 at 2pm

Winchester Road has been a main thoroughfare through Chandler’s Ford, certainly since the time of the turnpikes, while Kingsway has more notable connections. This new walk, from the Hamble Valley Guides, will look at the pockets of local history on, and close to, the main road. Our Guide looks forward to welcoming you!

Come Fly With Me

Sunday 20th May 2018 at 2pm

The peaceful yachting village of Hamble has a rich and fascinating history of aviation and aeronautical engineering covering both World Wars yet, largely, survived the Second World War Blitz raids launched on Southampton and the area. Well known companies were based there and those associated with Hamble and its ‘planes include Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe, buried in the churchyard, Bert Hinkler, in whose honour a road was later named in Southampton and the very important women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary Ferry Pool based at the airfield. This is a walk with stories that will take you back into a vital part of Britain’s 20th century history, aspects of the Second World War in the area being anticipated by the writer, Nevil Shute before the war started.

Netley Abbey Village Walk

Sunday 27th May 2018 at 2pm

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Allbrook Walk

Friday 1st June 2018 at 2pm

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