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.


Sunday 30th July 2017 at 2pm

Always a popular walk, visit the ancient ruins and take a walk around the site of a once thriving monastic community. Discover its links to famous detectives, lost poets, country churchyards and medieval monks.
Limited parking on site so, if full, park in Abbey Hall car park, 100 yards to the east, opposite the junction with Grange Road.

PLEASE NOTE: This walk replaces the walk originally scheduled for 30 July (Victorian Eastleigh) as the Mela Festival is taking place in Eastleigh that day. Victorian Eastleigh walk will now be taken on 10 September.

Netley & the Gothic

Sunday 6th August 2017 at 11am

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen and this walk is part of a programme of events to commemorate the author. Jane Austen, like fellow writers Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray, was drawn to the ruins of Netley Abbey to feel inspired by its gothic ruins, and in the hope of paranormal experiences. Find out how Netley inspired the gothic novel on a visit to one of the top visitor attractions of the 18th century. As part of Jane Austen 200 this walk is free. Please note that the walk begins at 11am. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: and at

Event: The Jane Austen Picnic at Netley Abbey ruins

Sunday 6th August 2017 at 12pm

This is an event being organised as part of the commemorations for the 200th anniversary this year of the death of Jane Austen. It will be held at Netley Abbey ruins from 12 noon to 3pm. Usually there are no walks in August, but this is an event you might be interested in instead.
Pack a picnic, put on your bonnet and join us for a picnic recreating Jane's picnic at Netley Abbey, with tours round the ruins, Regency games and dancing.As part of the Jane Austen 200 programme,this event is free. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: and at

Literary Netley

Sunday 13th August 2017 at 11am

Writers, novelists, poets, composer, artists from across the centuries have been drawn to Netley for inspiration. Discover how they interpreted their visits. As part of the Jane Austen 200 programme, this walk is free. Please note that the walk starts at 11am. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: and at

Memorial Walk for Fiona - Shawford Circular

Sunday 20th August 2017 at 11am

A longer country walk, approx 6 miles, allow 4 hours including a break, possibly at St Cross. This is an annual walk, this year at Shawford, in memory of Fiona Kennedy, a good friend and fellow Hamble Valley Guide. NOTE that this walk begins at 11AM. You may like to pack a lunch.

The Great Ships Trail

Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 2pm

During the 15th century, Henry V began to build great ships at Southampton. The greatest of these was the Grace Dieu - the ultimate deterrent of her day. Her burnt out remains have rested in the river Hamble for nearly 600 years, but this year the University of Southampton marine archaeology unit have been carrying out a major new excavation on the ship. Join our guide to discover her story.


Sunday 10th September 2017 at 2pm

Most of Eastleigh town was laid out and built in Victorian times. Come and see some of what remains from that era and how it has been adapted in more recent times.

PLEASE NOTE: This walk replaces the originally scheduled walk around Netley Abbey ruins that was moved to 30 July.

Byegone Bishopstoke

Sunday 17th September 2017 at 2pm

East of Eastleigh town Old Bishopstoke, alongside the River Itchen, is steeped in history. Discover tales of the characters who lived there.

Bustling Bursledon

Sunday 24th September 2017 at 2pm

Another chance to explore the quiet lanes of Old Bursledon and hear how the village involvements were ranged from monks to TV!


Sunday 1st October 2017 at 2pm

A walk around Allbrook and environs. Once the home of the portrait artist Mary Beale, the village has pleasant paths and an interesting history. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, Otterborne Grange, and The Trough scandal.

Fair Oak

Sunday 8th October 2017 at 2pm

This new walk looks at some fascinating facts about Fair Oak's past. Discover who lived at the Big House and what life was like for the ordinary people out here in the country.

Byegone Hamble

Sunday 15th October 2017 at 2pm

Hamble's history through the centuries. A mixture of maritime and local facts bringing the village to life and explain hidden aspects of its role in the past.

North Stoneham Church

Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 2pm

Just to the south west of Eastleigh town lies St. Nicolas Church, the ancient parish church of the previously large North Stoneham parish. On this walk of the church and graveyard hear tales of past people and events linked to the parish.

Not Just Cobbett's Botley.

Sunday 29th October 2017 at 2pm

A different look at the village, its history and people, with a hanging donkey and a funeral for a horse that made national TV News.