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!

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.

Historic Hamble

Saturday 3rd September 2016 at 11am

As part of the Hamble Valley Festival of Food at Hamble on Saturday 3 September, there will be a guided walk looking at Historic Hamble. The website for the Festival of Food itself is:

Oldie Otterbourne

Sunday 4th September 2016 at 2pm

Come and explore the history of Otterbourne. Follow in the footsteps of Roman legions, hear tales of highwaymen and more. Some hills to climb and stiles to cross.


Sunday 18th September 2016 at 2pm

Join our Guide for a longer stroll around the Parish of Allbrook and North Boyatt. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, the important 17th century artist, Mary Beale, old brickworks and much more.

Old Bursledon

Sunday 25th September 2016 at 2pm

The older part of the village of Old Bursledon, next to the River Hamble, is a Conservation Area and an area of special character status. This walk will roam the quiet lanes and paths of Old Bursledon. The village was once a centre for shipbuilding and supplied fine boats for the navy. This included ships for the campaign of 1415 that led to the Battle of Agincourt and, two hundred years later, other ships including the Elephant that was later commanded by Horatio Nelson. A subsequent Captain of the Elephant was Jane Austen's brother, Frank.


Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 2pm

East of Eastleigh town, Old Bishopstoke, alongside the River Itchen, is steeped in history, dating back to Domesday and with ancient links to the Bishop of Winchester. The river was an important trade route for the village. Discover more on this leisurely walk around the area.

An Eastleigh Eye Opener

Sunday 9th October 2016 at 2pm

Owing its existence, and development, to the coming of the railway early in the reign of Queen Victoria, the centre of Eastleigh town is a compact area. This walk explores the heritage of the town through its buildings and Leigh Road Recreation Ground with its bandstand and historic links.

Netley Abbey ruins tour

Sunday 16th October 2016 at 2pm

The ruins of this once Cistercian Abbey, founded in the 13th century, stand today as some of the best preserved in the South of England. It was home, in turn, to monks then to an important courtier in the times of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, when it became transformed into a grand mansion. The property became ruined in the 18th century when it was visited for its Romantic associations and, later, for picnics and relaxation, by the Victorians. Join our Guide in exploring the history of the building and stories of those who once lived there or visited it. Please note that there is very limited car parking at the abbey site. More parking is available at the Abbey Hall car park, about 100 yards away opposite the junction of Grange Road. There is no seating at the abbey site.


Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 2pm

Our Guide on this walk will explore one of the best preserved and largest central squares in Hampshire, together with other parts of this idyllic village (Note that there are some steps on this walk)

St Nicolas' Church, North Stoneham

Sunday 30th October 2016 at 2pm

St Nicolas' Church in Stoneham Lane lies just to the south west of bustling Eastleigh Town. This is the ancient parish church of the one-time large Parish of North Stoneham. This short walk will focus on the church and its graveyard during which you will hear fascinating stories of people and events from the past including the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes.

Netley Military Cemetery

Sunday 13th November 2016 at 2pm

The dead from the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, were taken on their last journey along a raised causeway, lined with trees, to a beautiful and peaceful location where they found their last rest. Come and be guided around this tranquil cemetery, used from 1863 to after the Second World War, and discover stories from the history of this multi-national burial ground