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 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 Saturday 18th July 2015

Historic Hamble & Henry V

Come and enjoy a special additional Saturday afternoon walk not shown in the printed paper programme. It may now seem like a sleepy coastal village but at the time of The Battle of Agincourt, Hamble was one of the most important medieval ship building centres in the country. This tour will reveal where troops trained ready for the great battle in France and where those conspiring to overthrow Henry V met to plot his downfall.

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!

7:30pm Wednesday 5th August 2015

Otterbourne and the plot to kill King Henry V

This year during the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, our special summer weekday evening walk walk takes us to Otterbourne for d the story of those who planned to murder Henry V before he sailed for France and the Battle of Agincourt.

10:30am Sunday 16th August 2015

Itchen Valley area and surrounds Summer Holiday Longer Walk

A longer summer walk south of Winchester city centre , taking in St Cross Hospital , the restored Hockley viaduct and some ancient yews .Some steepish paths and stiles to cross, suitable countryside walking footwear recommended .

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.