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.

Botley Village

Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 2pm

An opportunity to explore, with our Guide, the fascinating village of Botley and learn more of its buildings and people from times past. The village was, at one time, home to William Cobbett - the author of Rural Rides - who claimed Botley as delightful. Who are we to argue?

Horse tales, rails and big bangs!

Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 2pm

This is a completely New Walk, centred around Swaythling, remembering the role the area played during the First World War.

During the Great War, Swaythling was one of the centres for distributing new horses to the British army fighting in Europe. Discover where this all took place and how many horses were involved.

This is a circular walk, starting from the shops at the bottom of Stoneham Lane, and will also include a visit to South Stoneham church, one of our hidden gems.

North Stoneham Park

Sunday 30th September 2018 at 2pm

Come and join our Guide to explore the history of North Stoneham estate that has been around since 900AD. Enjoy a walk in the fields and around lakes whilst learning of the interesting past of this old parish on the southern borders of modern Eastleigh town. One stile to be climbed over.

Walk the War - the site of Queen Victoria's military hospital, Netley Abbey

Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2pm

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War next month, we are holding a special walk at the site of the Queen Victoria Military Hospital – now the Queen Victoria Country Park, Netley. The hospital reached the peak of its activity during the war. Once probably the largest hospital in the world, it then more than doubled in size to cope with the numerous casualties. Come and see what remains of the hospital buildings, hear about its history and its wartime role.

Meeting point information is below but if you use 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).