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.
Postponement of walkSunday 22nd July 2018 at 2pm
Please note that, due to a change in circumstances, the proposed walk around Netley Military Cemetery has had to be postponed. We will let you know when we are able to re-schedule it.
- Walking time:
- Location: No information currently available, check back later
- Price: £2
Netley Abbey ruinsSunday 29th July 2018 at 2pm
Over 750 years ago, a Cistercian Abbey was founded on the shore of Southampton Water at what is now the village of Netley Abbey. Buildings, like people, have lives that change over time. The abbey buildings were not pulled down following ejection of the monks in 1536 but lived on, being converted into a Tudor mansion. In a ruined state by the 18th century, the attractiveness of the site drew writers, artists and poets to Netley and Jane Austen visited with members of her family when she lived in Southampton from 1806-1809.Today, the ruins are cared for by English Heritage.
Join our Guide to explore the story of the abbey of Netley. At present (July 2018) there is some restoration work in progress with scaffolding in some parts of the buildings and the walk will take account of that. Please note that there is no public seating or other facilities at the ruins. There are short flights of steps within the ruins.
There is only a small car park at the ruins. Close by, there is on road parking in the village itself or at the Abbey Hall car park, located only a short walk away at the village end of Grange Road.
- Walking time: 1½ hours
- Location: On the grass, by the car park, within Netley Abbey ruins, SO31 5FB (map showing where to go)
- Price: £2
Circular Walk: Botley, Durley Mill, BotleySunday 19th August 2018 at 11am
This is a longer walk in memory of Fiona, one of our greatly missed Guides and a good friend, who used to take walks like this one.
There will be a stop for a picnic lunch so, please, bring with you something to eat and drink. The overall time for the walk is 3 to 3.5 hours and it concludes back at the starting location. Please note the earlier starting time for the walk.
- Walking time: 3 to 3.5 hours
- Location: Meet at Mortimer Road free car park in Botley (near All Saints church and at the junction of the A334 and Mortimer Road, Botley, SO32 2UG (map showing where to go)
- Price: £2