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 20th April 2014

St Nicholas 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 27th April 2014

Pubs of Hamble

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 .

2pm Sunday 4th May 2014

Netley Abbey Ruins

Always popular, visit the English Heritage owned ancient ruins and take a short walk which is full of ditties around the site of a once thriving monastic community.
Limited parking available on site, if full park in Abbey Hall car park 100 yards to east opposite Grange Road junction.

2pm Sunday 11th May 2014

Stoke Park Woods, Bishopstoke - Bluebell Walk

To the north east of Bishopstoke lies the tucked away foresty land of Stoke Park Woods.
Come and enjoy a stroll through the trees and hopefully see the woodland floor bedecked with bluebells.

2pm Sunday 18th May 2014

Oldie Otterbourne

Follow in the footsteps of Roman legionaires, hear tales of highwayman, smugglers and more. Some hills to climb and stiles to cross.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Otterbourne village car park, adjacent Otterbourne Primary School, Cranbourne Drive, Otterbourne, SO21 2ET (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 25th May 2014

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 1st June 2014

William Cobbett`s Botley

Retrace the steps of William Cobbett, journalist and author of the book "Rural Rides" who once lived in Botley,to find out about the history of this former market town.

2pm Sunday 8th June 2014

Swanwick Nature Reserve - Orchid Walk

Walk through areas of ancient woodland and discover the lakes at Swanwick Nature Reserve. Hopefully the meadowland orchids should be in flower. Wear suitable footwear for some rough path walking. There a few stiles to climb over.

2pm Sunday 15th June 2014

Byegone Bishopstoke

East of Eastleigh town, old Bishopstoke alongside the River Itchen is steeped in history. Discover more on this meander around the area.

2pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Old Hedge End

Join a walk exploring the older parts of this much expanded area, looking at the early buildings and places of the former village- but now a thriving town.

2pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Hamble Rail Trail

We will make our way from the park south past Westfield Common, passing Avro Court and Chadwick Way open space aviation heritage features and on to Hamble Common.

2pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Netley Village

Who was the man on a horse scaring children and are the church mice multiplying? Learn more about the story of this village twixt Royal Victoria Country Park and Netley Abbey.

2pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Fair Oak

A walk taking in recently created open space meadows and woodland walks only normally used by locals. Join us for a pleasant stroll with some surprising views.

2pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Hamble Village

Join us by the Olympic cyclist Dani King commemotative golden post box and discover more about the buidings and history related to this pictureseque spot alongside the Hamble River.

2pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley - Military Cemetery

In this 100th anniversary year of the start of World War 1, be guided around the tranquil military cemetery discovering facts about the history of this multi national burial ground .

10:30am Sunday 17th August 2014

Itchen Navigation summer holiday longer walk

Continuing from lastyear`s walk along the itchen naviagation from shawford, a further countryside walk along the Navigation from Brambridge to bishopstoke, then through Stoke Park wood and bqack over fields to the start. some rough walking and stiles so suitable footwear needed.

2pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Famous Hamble Connections

In a village with such a long history of seafaring, boat building and yachting it is perhaps not surprising there have been people of note associated with the village. This walk around the village centre will throw light on the activities and people associated with Hamble.

2pm Sunday 14th September 2014

South Stoneham

Discover more of the hidden history of this old and once large parish, now absorbed into Southampton suburbia. Learn about Itchen Navigation, Mansbridge,Spitfire designer R J Mitchell and architect Herbert Collins.

2pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Allbrook

A longer stroll around the parish of Allbrook and North Boyatt. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, the artist Mary Beale, old brickworks and much more.

2pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Eastleigh Town

The town of Eastleigh rapidly developed in conjunction with the coming of the railway industry. Discover the many links with people from the towns past, as revealed in the street names.

2pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Hound and its Church

To Be Confirmed

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: No information currently available, check back later
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Bursledon

The older part of Bursledon is designated a Conservation Area and an area of special character status. Come along and wander around the delightful old quiet lanes and paths to see why it is regarded as so special.

2pm Sunday 19th October 2014

North Stoneham Park

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.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Outside The Cricketers pub, Chestnut Avenue--parking avialable in playing field car park across other side of Chestnut Avenue., SO53 3HN (map showing where to go)
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 26th October 2014

Botley

One time the home of William Cobbett renowned author of "Rural Rides ", who proclaimed the village as delightful--who are we to argue!

2pm Sunday 2nd November 2014

Autumn Walk To Be Confirmed

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: No information currently available, check back later
  • Price: £2
2pm Sunday 7th December 2014

Pre Christmas Walk To Be Confirmed

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: No information currently available, check back later
  • Price: £2