Past Walks

Below is a selection of the walks we've put on in the past, going from most recent at the top to older ones below.

Date & TimeWalk
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)
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 5th October 2014

Hound and its Church

Squeezed between its larger neighbours of Hamble and Netley, Hound is often overlooked. Don’t be among the “overlookers”! Its story is made up of very human people. Join this walk to hear about some of them.

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 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 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 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.

11am Sunday 17th August 2014

Itchen Navigation and Stoke Park Woods- summer holiday longer walk

A change of route from the previously advertised walk due to a breach in the path between Allbrook and Brambridge which has resulted in closure of the footpath.
S0 continuing from the 2013 walk along the Itchen Navigation from Shawford, a further countryside walk involving walking across pleasant field paths east to Stoke Park Woods and then return via the Itchen Way Navigation path from Bishopstoke to Allbrook. Some rough walking and stiles so suitable footwear needed.
Note that the walk now starts at 11.00am , rather than 10.30am as advertised in leaflet, to give chance for people who go to Brambridge after reading about walk in leaflet or elsewhere to travel to the revised parking area and start point at Twyford Road .

  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Location: Not at Brambridge Garden Cente as previously advertised, but at the adjacent to Twyford Road, Eastleigh parking area at the northern end of Twyford Road, just to south of the roundabout at junction with Woodside Avenue/Allbrook Way/Allbrook Hill, SO50 4LF (map showing where to go)
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 .

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and in places muddy country path walking. There are a few stiles to climb over.

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Gravel parking area towards end of Coal Park Lane--go past the Bursledon Brickworks entrance and white cottgaes, the parking area is on right hand side before the road bends to go over motorway bridge. , SO31 7GW (map showing where to go)
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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

2pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Bursledon

Another chance to explore the quiet lanes of old Bursledon and learn more about this village next to the Hamble River.Once a centre for shipbuilding supplying fine boats for the Navy, including Nelson`s "Elephant".

2pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Botley Village

START OF THE MAIN 2014 SPRING/SUMMER WALKS SEASON.

A further chance to explore the old village of Botley and learn more of its people and buildings from times past.The village was one time home of William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides, who claimed Botley as delightful and who are we to argue!

11am Sunday 2nd March 2014

NORTH PART of STRAWBERRY TRAIL--instead of Durley Mill

Not walking as previously advertised to Durley due to ground conditions. Instead Eric will lead walk on the northern part of the Strawberry Trail via Manor Farm Country Park south to Bursledon .
Stop for a break and drink at a hostelry in Bursledon, then return via a different route to Botley. Total distance about 11 to 12 km there and back.
Some stiles to cross and muddy paths likely at various points, so good walking shoes/boots essential.
NOTE START TIME 11.00

2pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

Hamble Rail Trail-southern section

Following on from the autumn outing on the northern part of the Hamble Rail Trail, this time we will make our way south past the old Hamble airfield via Hamble Quay conveniences pit stop to Hamble Green and Hamble Common.
Return along the Southampton Water "Solent Way" waterfront path passing the BP terminal complex. Some wet muddy paths, wear suitable footwear.

10am Sunday 5th January 2014

Morning Hockley Viaduct Vistas Walk

NOTE START TIME 10:00
Join us for a new year morning amble exploring the newly surfaced upper section of the Itchen Way north from Hockley, skirting St.Catherines Hill to the grounds of Winchester College, including passage over the restored Hockley viaduct structure with views over the water meadows.

  • Walking time: 2 00 hours
  • Location: By toilet block bus stop, centre of South Winchester Park and Ride Car Park off M3 Junction 11 (free parking on a Sunday), SO (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 1st December 2013

Manor Farm Country Park and Upper Hamble creeks.

A walk exploring along the upper stretches of the River Hamble, walking through ancient woodland and fields within Manor Farm Country Park. Find evidence of the area`s role in WWII and stand with one foot in Botley and one in Bursledon.
Some muddy paths likely and 2 steepish paths to climb.
Stout walking shoes essential.

  • Walking time: 2 00 hours
  • Location: NOTE £2.00 parking charge payable at Barnfield Copse car park, adjacent access road within Manor Farm Country Park., SO31 1BH (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 3rd November 2013

Autumnal dry paths walk in Hedge End north area

We will be taking to the nice surfaced paths around the Grange Park and Dowds Farm areas of Hedge End, exploring the old and new places and spaces in this area of major development over past 25 years.

2pm Sunday 27th October 2013

Bound Around Hound

A circular walk along this delightful route from Hamble around the edge of Royal Victoria Country Park on part of the Hamble Rail Trail to the woods and open spaces of Hound.

2pm Sunday 20th October 2013

Tales of Old Bursledon

Another chance to explore the quiet lanes of old Bursledon and learn more about this village next to the Hamble River.Once a centre for shipbuilding supplying fine boats for the Navy, including Nelson`s "Elephant". Short but steep hill to climb at start of walk.

2pm Sunday 13th October 2013

Hamble Village History

Not many villages can boast, as part of their history, a Norman priory church, shipbuilding heritage dating back to medieval times, the site of a Henry VIII fort, important aircraft industries, and vital connections to D-Day with, today, riverside charm and tranquillity as an Internationally known yachting centre. Come and enjoy a stroll round the delightful village of Hamble.

2pm Sunday 6th October 2013

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.

2pm Sunday 29th September 2013

Botley Village Walk

A further chance to explore the old village of Botley and learn more of its people and buildings from times past.The village was one time home of William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides, who claimed Botley as delightful and who are we to argue!

2pm Sunday 22nd September 2013

South Stoneham

Explore some of the hidden spaces and places of the ancient parish of South Stoneham wiich lie on the outskirts of Southampton.

2pm Sunday 15th September 2013

Old Bishopstoke

Much older than the adjacent town of Eastleigh,Bishopstoke has a rich history of its own. Explore with us and hear more of this village nestled alongside the River Itchen.

2pm Sunday 8th September 2013

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 1st September 2013

Netley Village

On this popular walk learn the story of the waterside village which has become established between the now Royal Victoria Country Park and Netley Abbey.

11am Sunday 11th August 2013

AUGUST SPECIAL - Countryside walk


Explore the south of Winchester countryside along part of the Itchen Navigation from Shawford to St. Cross Hospital, then over Compton Down with beautiful views, through mysterious ancient yews to Shawford Down. Some rough walking, two stiles and some steep hills to climb, but not over-strenuous. Distance 6 miles, approximate duration 3/3½ hours. .

2pm Sunday 28th July 2013

Royal Victoria Country Park Military Cemetary

In this 150th anniversary year of the opening of the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, be guided around around the tranquil cemetery discovering facts about the history of this multi national burial ground .

2pm Sunday 21st July 2013

Wickham Wandering

A walk away from the Borough of Eastleigh in the former market village of Wickham, famous for its wide square. Walk around and learn the history about some of the historic buildings of this scenic spot adjacent to the River Meon.

2pm Sunday 14th July 2013

The ruins and romace of Netley Abbey

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.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Entrance to the abbey ruins, Abbey Hill, Netley.
2pm Sunday 7th July 2013

Valley Park, Chandler`s Ford area woods and meadows

In conjunction with Three Rivers Rail Partnership.
A summertime saunter from Chandler`s Ford station exploring the woods, meadows and open spaces in Valley Park area of Chandler`s Ford

2pm Sunday 30th June 2013

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 23rd June 2013

Famous Hamble Connections

In a village with such a long history of seafaring , boatbuilding 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 16th June 2013

Churches of Eastleigh town

A walk around Eastleigh town area and learn about development of the various religous worship buildings that served the growing railway town community from Victorian times to present day.

2pm Sunday 9th June 2013

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 2nd June 2013

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: 2 00 hours
  • Location: Otterbourne village car park, adjacent Otterbourne Primary School, Cranbourne Drive, Otterbourne, SO (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 26th May 2013

Fair Oak and Horton Heath

A new walk for 2013 in this area 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 19th May 2013

North Stoneham - 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.

  • 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)
2pm Sunday 12th May 2013

Stoke Park Woods and bluebells

A woodland stroll through delightful Stoke Park Woods , a Forestry Commision managed substantial woodland stretching between Bishopstoke and Fair Oak -- and hopefully admire thriving colourful native bluebells along the way amongst the trees.
Wear suitable stout footwear for woodland path walking.

2pm Sunday 5th May 2013

All Around 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 April 2013

Old Bursledon

old Bursledon is deservedly classed as both a conservation area and an area of special character status. Wander around the leafy lanes and paths to see what makes the place so special.

2pm Sunday 14th April 2013

Old Bishopstoke and its Titanic connections

Older that the now larger town of Eastleigh , Bishopstoke has a much longer history of its own.However it also has connections with the illfated liner Titanic, which foundered on its maiden voyage 101 years ago in April 1912 .Learn more on thsi stroll around the village.

2pm Sunday 7th April 2013

Explore Hamble Village

Our first walk of the main spring/summer season.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.

11am Saturday 9th March 2013

Roam around the Rail Trail

Join members of Hampshire Roamability for a ramble around parts of the Hamnble Rail Trail which are suitable for use by people in electric buggies.
Starting from outside The Cedar Room at Royal Victoria Country Park, 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, then Hamble Quay for picnic lunch on the quayside seating area.
Return via Hamble church and taking in other features along the Rail Trail before arriving back at RVCP about 3.30.

  • Walking time: 4½ hours, including lunch break
  • Location: Outside The Cedar Room adjacent cafe at Royal Victoria Country Park,Victoria Road, Netley .
Sunday 3rd February 2013

CANCELLED Valley of Fields, near Winchester CANCELLED

CANCELLED DUE TO BAD CONDITIONS

Stroll along the improved Itchen Navigation path from Shawford to Hockley, admire Victorian heritgae, followed by the medieval wonder of St. Cross Hospital.
Then climb up to Compton Down and pass through the mysterious yew tree avenue back to Shawford.
Some paths may be uneven and possibly a bit slippery, wear good walking shoes.

2pm Sunday 6th January 2013

Hedge End North

Start the new year with this walk on the mostly well surfaced paths around the Grange Park and Dowds Farm housing areas at Hedge End.
Explore both old and new places and spaces in this large development area which has arisen from the fields over the last 25 years.

Sunday 2nd December 2012

CANCELLED -Strawberry Trail - Bursledon to Hamble to Netley to Bursleon Circular CANCELLED

WALK CANCELLED DUE TO WET WEATHER CREATING UNSAFE CONDITIONS ON PROPOSED ROUTE

HOPE TO SEE YOU FOR WALK IN JANUARY.
The last guided walk for 2012 is a meander through the pretty village of Old Bursledon and then on to Hamble via part of the Strawberry Trail.Then walk back to Bursledon via Hamble Common and along the east bank of The Solent shoreline towards Royal Victoria Country Park, Neteley.Return to Bursledon along various paths, some across fields which may be uneven in places.

2pm Sunday 4th November 2012

Autumn Walk in the Woods of Valley Park.

Come and enjoy a longer walk ,take in the colour and majesty of trees in the woodland within and adjacent to the Valley Park housing areas . Some paths may be uneven and and a bit muddy if there is much rain.

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Chandler`s Ford railway station free car park, Station Lane, Chandler`s Ford.
2pm Sunday 14th October 2012

Netley Military Cemetery at former Royal Victoria Hospital .

A short walk, but one not to be missed! Discover fascinating facts about the history and development of the Netley military cemetery constructed in association with the former Royal Victoria Hospital.Hear about the different nationalities buried there, some of their stories and about the gravestone designs.
A truly adsorbing educational afternoon out.

10:30am Sunday 7th October 2012

Itchen Navigation and Stoke Park Woods

Another countryside walk, this time along part of the historic Itchen Navigation, through part of the ancient orest of Bere Stoke Park Wood) and across fields back to the start point.Rough walking and stiles involved.

2pm Sunday 30th September 2012

Fair Oak

An autumnal country walk around the open spaces and tucked away paths of Fair Oak .See lowland ponds and wetlands , woods and open hill top views all just within a short distance of modern housing

2pm Sunday 16th September 2012

Hostelries of Hamble

In this old seafaring village, it is perhaps not surprising that there have been numerous drinking establishments over the years. Join this walk around the village centre to hear more tales .

Sunday 9th September 2012

Heritage Open weekend - NO WALK

During national heritage weekend, do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the places around the county open to the public, often for free.

2pm Sunday 2nd September 2012

Netley Village

Learn about the history of the village that grew up between the Royal Victoria Hospital and Netley Abbey ruins, as you wander around the area.

2pm Sunday 29th July 2012

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 22nd July 2012

Eastleigh town - Earth , Fire and Water

An interesting title, come along and find out more about different aspects of transport related to Eastleigh town area.

2pm Sunday 1st July 2012

William Cobbett's Botley

In this one time old market town, retrace the steps of author and journalist William Cobbett as we wander around the village centre.

2pm Sunday 24th June 2012

Chandler's Ford

On this walk delve into the history of this once small village. Find out why a son of Oliver Cromwell visited the area and much more.

Sunday 3rd June 2012

Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II - NO WALK

Enjoy the rare occasion of a 60th anniversary of the crowning of a British monarch at one of the celebration activities taking place in the area.

2pm Sunday 27th May 2012

Wonderful Wickham

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)

2pm Sunday 20th May 2012

Eastleigh: What's in a name?

Meet up for a walk around the town centre area and discover links with people from Eastleigh's past, as commemorated by some of the street names.

2pm Sunday 13th May 2012

All Around Allbrook

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

  • Walking time: 2 00 hours
  • Location: By roundabout at the junction of Allbrook Hill with Pitmore Road, Allbrook--leave time to find parking space at top of Allbrook Hil, or Knowle hill or Pitmore Road ll, SO50 4JQ (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 6th May 2012

Bluebell Walk at Stoke Park Woods, Bishopstoke

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.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Car park at entrance to woods, at eastern end of Stoke Park Road, Bishopstoke
2pm Sunday 29th April 2012

Spring in Old 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 22nd April 2012

Old Hedge End walk

To tie in with 50th anniversary of opening of Hedge End Village Hall.
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.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Turnpike Way playing fields car park, Turnpike Way
2pm Sunday 15th April 2012

Titanic related walks in Southampton, not HVEHG organised events

The dreadful sinking of the Titanic occured 100 years ago, walks and talks will visit places and discuss people associated with the ill fated ship that was lost on its maiden voyage.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: In Southampton, more to follow
2pm Sunday 15th April 2012

Hidden Paths of Hamble

Walk away from the village centre , to explore some of the less well known paths and spaces adjacent to the west bank of the River Hamble.

Sunday 8th April 2012

Easter Sunday --No Hamble Valley Walk

Enjoy your Easter celebrations and consider joining us another day .

7pm Tuesday 3rd April 2012

Titanic theme discussion

Tuesday 3rd April 7.30pm
Coffee & Culture, Talking Texts - Everyman for Himself - We explore Beryl Bainbridge's intelligent and gripping novel that re-imagines the days and nights leading up to the disaster

  • Walking time: 2
  • Location: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End
7pm Sunday 1st April 2012

Evening of Titanic film -A Night To Remember

Book now
Welcomed by music from the repertoire played on the Titanic’s maiden voyage by The City of Southampton Titanic Quartet led by Ian Towson, join us for an intimate evening as The Berry Theatre steps back in time.

Get yourself into costume and step aboard the great ship to meet actors portraying key figures in the Titanic’s story to the backdrop of a musical reception. We follow with a screening of the digitally re-mastered version of A Night to Remember - ‘the greatest sea drama in living memory’.

A Night to Remember
Starring Kenneth More, Michael Goodliffe, David McCallum, Laurence Naismith

The new White Star Liner, the RMS Titanic. Unsinkable. Or so they thought… On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, she had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with her 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers. This spectacular film tells the story of RMS Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

The film took much of its inspiration from the autobiography of Officer Lightoller who was living at Netley prior to sailing on Titanic’s maiden voyage.

Tickets: £10 including glass of wine

To add to the atmosphere patrons are invited to come along in costume of the period and with your ticket you will be given the identity of a passenger on the Titanic.

  • Walking time: 2½ hours
  • Location: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End
2pm Sunday 1st April 2012

A day of Titanic -The Symposium at The Berry Theatre

Sunday 1st April 2pm (doors open at 1.30pm)

Titanic Symposium, Unlocking the Past - During this exciting symposium we bring you stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists.

Symposium Talks:

Iceberg right ahead!
Speaker Geoff Watts, specialist researcher, heritage and tourist guide will lead you through the story of the effects on the people of Southampton of the arrival, and subsequent loss, of RMS Titanic.


She Bore Up Well
Professor Tom James MBE FSA reveals the content of his father’s recently-discovered diary, penned in April 1912 when his father was a curate given the task of comforting the bereaved.


Titanic Inheritance
“My grandparents’ courtship was a long-distance affair, carried out by letter over several years. Some of my grandfather’s letters survived, after he was drowned on the Titanic. The responsibility to unravel their story was now mine.” Local historian, Southampton born Mary South, MSc PhD, turns the spotlight on her family’s heritage.


Raised on the Titanic
Local writer David Haisman tells the story of his mother, Titanic survivor Edith Haisman. Edith was 15 when she boarded for that fateful voyage and went on to become the world’s oldest living survivor when she reached 100 in 1997. David later joined the merchant navy as a lookout man for iceberg.

Talks will be followed by a Q&A session and book signings by David Haisman and Mary South who will launch her new book on the Titanic.

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Tickets: £7 (add a cream tea for £3.50)

Location: The Berry Theatre

The Symposium will close at 6pm and will be followed by a special screening of A Night to Remember.
Sunday 1st April 7pm
The Berry Theatre presents A Night to Remember - The Berry Theatre steps back in time for an intimate evening, welcomed by music from the repertoire played on the Titanic's maiden voyage we follow with a screening of the digitally re-mastered version of A Night to Remember.

Sunday 1st April 10am - 3pm
Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats - Join our friends at the D@rt Centre for a fun day of activities based around Kaspar - the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic!

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Berry Theatre, wildern Lane, Hedge Ed
11am Sunday 1st April 2012

All Aboard -for a Titanic Tour

1st April – All Aboard!
Something different;not a walk but a motorised excursion. In conjunction with Sarah Siddons Fan Club & the Point Youth Theatre, a theatrical bus tour to various Borough sites connected to the Titanic. Guided by us, meet various Titanic people from the time of the disaster. Tickets £6, booking – Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ, Tel. 01489 799 499

7:30pm Saturday 31st March 2012

Titanic Commeroative events

31st March - 3rd April - Hidden History

In this centenary year of the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic we take a local focus for our commemorations of those momentous events in April 1912 shedding light on some of the stories and personalities from our Borough involved in the dramatic history of the Titanic.

From drama and storytelling workshops for children, the chance to experience the music played during her maiden voyage to guided theatre bus and walking tours, a special screening of A Night to Remember and much more; we bring you stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists about the ship that was believed to be unsinkable…



Events:





Saturday 31st March 7.30pm
Pluck present The Titanic Show - the classical string trio with a seriously silly side present a tribute to the musicians who played on until the end...

Sunday 1st April 2pm (doors open at 1.30pm)
Titanic Symposium, Unlocking the Past - During this exciting symposium we bring you stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists.

Sunday 1st April 7pm
The Berry Theatre presents A Night to Remember - The Berry Theatre steps back in time for an intimate evening, welcomed by music from the repertoire played on the Titanic's maiden voyage we follow with a screening of the digitally re-mastered version of A Night to Remember.

Sunday 1st April 10am - 3pm
Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats - Join our friends at the D@rt Centre for a fun day of activities based around Kaspar - the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic!
For prices look at the Barry theatre website

Tuesday 3rd April 7.30pm
Coffee & Culture, Talking Texts - Everyman for Himself - We explore Beryl Bainbridge's intelligent and gripping novel that re-imagines the days and nights leading up to the disaster

  • Walking time: varies
  • Location: Berry theatre, wildern Lane,Hedge End
3pm Saturday 31st March 2012

Titanic Commemorative Plaque Unveiling

Not a walk, but a further chance to visit West End Museum and view the exhibits including the Titanic related items, followed by if you wish being present at 4.00pm when the Mayor of Eastleigh unveils commemortive plaques. Two plaques are being unveiled ,the first is a joint plaque to all four of the West End connections; Fred Woolley, James Jukes, Captain Rostron and John Lovell Diaper funded by Eastleigh Borough Council Hedge end, West End and Botley Local Area Committee as part of the Titanic commemoration.
The second to John Lovell Diaper funded by The Diaper Heritage Association.

  • Walking time:
  • Location: West End Museum, Orchards Way, West End
10:30am Saturday 31st March 2012

West End -Titanic Trail

Join us for the first local event related to the Titanic in area with a walk along part of the newly devised Titanic Trail in West End village.
SORRY, 10.30 WALK NOW FULLY BOOKED, UNABLE TO ACCEPT ANY MORE PARTICIPANTS.

To see other local Titanic related events look at The Berry Theatre web site www.theberrytheatre.co.uk or via direct link http://bit.ly/zTBCNA

  • Walking time: 2
  • Location: West End Parish centre carpark, Chapel Road, West End
2pm Sunday 5th February 2012

Around the wild west end of West End

A new walk for 2012,a circular wander around the open spaces and paths occupying the site of farms and now lost arboretum relating to Townhill Park House.Wear suitable shoes and clothes for some off road winter walking.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Townhill Farm Community Centre car park, Meggeson Avenue --near junction with Cutbush Lane, Townhill Park, Southampton
10:30am Sunday 4th December 2011

End of 2011 walk

Explore the countryside around Compton. Discover views and ancient yews on this beautiful circular guided walk along part of the Itchen Navigation from Shawford and across fields to the Downs. Mud is very likely so walking shoes needed. At points along the route any dogs will need to be on leads due to livestock and road crossing. Meet opposite The Bridge Pub, Shawford, SO21 2BP at 10.30. Duration 3/3½ hours, distance 6 miles.

2pm Sunday 6th November 2011

Autumn Walk along the coastline

Countryside, beach, boats, village and disused railway line – what more could you ask for from a Sunday afternoon walk? Could be muddy, so walking shoes advised. At points along the route dogs will need to be on leads due to livestock, nature reserve and road crossing.

2pm Sunday 30th October 2011

St.Nicholas Church, North Stoneham

St Nicholas Church has a long history , with connections to the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes.
This tour around the grounds and inside the old church will explain about the history of the church and local characters of North Stoneham.

2pm Sunday 16th October 2011

Netley Literary Connections

In the 18th and 19th centuries the magnificant abbey ruins inspired writers and poets including Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray. Find out what attracted them and how they expressed their emotions in words.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Entrance to Netley Abbey ruins, Abbey Hill. More parking avaialble at Abbey Hall car park 100 yards to south., opposite junction with Grange Road .
2pm Sunday 9th October 2011

Netley Military Hospital Cemetery

Tucked away at the eastern end of Royal Victoria Country Park is the tranquil and evocative military cemetery site.Hear about the numerous nationalities buried there, their stories and the various gravestone designs.

2pm Sunday 2nd October 2011

South Stoneham and Mansbridge

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.

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: White Swan car park,A27 Mansbridge Road, Swaythling, Southampton.
2pm Sunday 25th September 2011

Otterbourne

Walk in the footsteps of Roman legions travelling from Clausentum/Southampton to Venta Belgarum/Winchester. Hear tales of the highwayman, smugglers, exploding anvils and more.

Sunday 11th September 2011

NO WALK

The 8th to 11th September is the annual Heritage Open Days weekend, check out some of the many places open to explore for free around the county this weekend.

  • Walking time:
  • Location: County wide
2pm Sunday 4th September 2011

William Cobbett`s Botley

Retrace the steps of Cobbett, discovering the past history of this one time market town.

7pm Friday 12th August 2011

A Tale of Two Churches - Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walk

Final evening walk for carnival week. Uphill road to St Mary's church, before we go inside to discover some of its gems.
Donations money collected all goes ro Carnival charities.

7pm Thursday 11th August 2011

Wandering Westerly of Eastleigh - Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walk

The fourth carnival week evening walkabout, leads us westwards. Learn about development of the town and buildings over the past century. Donations money collected all goes to Carnival charities.

7pm Wednesday 10th August 2011

Bishopstoke's Beginnings - Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walk

Third of the evening carnival week walks. This time we move across to wander round more historic Bishopstoke and hear of its development over the centuries.
Donations money collected all goes to Carnival charities.

7pm Tuesday 9th August 2011

Sculptured Eastleigh - Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walk

Second of the Carnival Week evening walks, around the town centre looking at memorials, statues and more.
Donations money collected all goes to Carnival charities.

7pm Monday 8th August 2011

All Around Allbrook - Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walk

First of the Carnival Week evening walks in support of carnival charities, in the Eastleigh/Bishopstoke areas.
Explore the footpaths and lanes around the northern Parish of Allbrook and North Boyatt. Some parts may be muddy if wet.
Donations money collected all goes towards Carnival charities.

2pm Sunday 31st July 2011

Hamble At War

Its position at the mouth of Southampton Water gave Hamble a vital defensive role in times of unrest.
On this walk discover how the area served in wartime activities over the centuries.

2pm Sunday 24th July 2011

Bygone 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 10th July 2011

Hidden Paths of Hamble

A walk off the beaten track to north away from village centre, exploring some of the lesser known paths and places near the riverside.

2pm Sunday 3rd July 2011

Eastleigh town centre :What`s In A Name

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 26th June 2011

Chandler`s Ford

Discover the history of the once small village , find out why a son of Oliver Cromwell brought his wife to celebrate the cherries of Chandler`s Ford.

2pm Sunday 19th June 2011

Wandering in West End

A West End carnival time walk around the former home of gentry village that developed on the edge of Southampton .Learn about how the area developed with the contributions made by the gentry to the community.

2pm Sunday 5th June 2011

Swanwick Orchid Walk

Walk through ancient woodland and around Swanwick Nature Reserve at a time when orchids should be in flower. Discover the links to Bursledon Brickworks and wartime activities.Some rough walking involved.

2pm Sunday 29th May 2011

Bound Around Hound

A circular water, woods and wilds walk around the ancient parish of Hound, taking in Abbey Hill woods, Weston Shore, Westwood and more.

2pm Sunday 15th May 2011

Amble round Hamble

How many villages can lay claim to having site of a Priory, a fine Norman church, a waterside castle plus a significant role in aviation and maritime history?
Hamble can!

2pm Sunday 8th May 2011

The Ruins of Netley Abbey

A short walk , but loaded with tales of past times at atmospheric English Heritage managed Netley Abbey , now in ruins but once a thriving monastic community .

  • Walking time: 1 3/4 hours
  • Location: entance to car park of Netley Abey ruins, Abbey Hill, Netley.If car park at ruins is full, try parking in Abbey Hall car park nearby or local roads.
2pm Sunday 1st May 2011

May Day Bluebell Walk in Stoke Park Woods

Enjoy the traditional May Day with a woodland stroll through Stoke Park Woods and hopefully admire the carpets of bluebells along the way.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: car park at entrance to woods, east end of Stoke Park Road, Bishopstoke
2pm Sunday 10th April 2011

Eastleigh Town

Hear how the town of Eastleigh began and its transformation into a major railway centre, its people and about the buildings old and new.

11am Sunday 6th March 2011

Amble Round the River Hamble (3) Botley-Durley-Botley

The third and final in the series of winter walks, this time exploring the country delights of the uppermost hidden sections of the river above the tidal limit at Botley. Stout shoes essential.

10:30am Sunday 2nd January 2011

Amble Round the River Hamble. Bursledon-Hamble-Warsash-Bursledon

First of a series of three longer walks for January, February and March following the River Hamble. Possible sightings of a variety of water birds along the riverside. Some rough ground so stout shoes recommended.

  • Walking time: approximately 4 hours
  • Location: Bursledon Station car park, Station Road, Bursledon
Sunday 5th December 2010

CANCELLED Hedge End North CANCELLED

POSTPONED--The last walk for 2010, an amble on the firm paths around the expansive open spaces of Grange Park and the new Dowds Farm Urban Park in north Hedge End .

UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED FOR TODAY DUE TO DANGEROUSLY ICY PATHS--INSPECTED AT 0945 5th DECEMBER--WILL REARRANGE FOR FEBRUARY,LOOK OUT FOR MORE DETAILS.
HAPPY XMAS FROM HAMBLE VALLEY AND EASTLEIGH HERITAGE GUIDES!!!
New development does not have to be all thought bad, this walk shows how pleasant new places for walking /jogging/ cycling pluse new lakes and ponds have been created as a part of the layout planning for recent housing areas.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Hedge End railway station car park, Stroudley Way, Hedge End
2pm Sunday 24th October 2010

Cobbett`s Botley

One time home of William Cobbett,journalist and author of "Rural Rides", who described the village as "delightful".
Retrace the steps of Cobbett, discovering the past history of this one time market town at the limit of navigation on the Hamble river .

2pm Sunday 17th October 2010

St Nicholas Church , North Stoneham

The pretty St Nicholas Church has a long history, with connections to the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes . This conducted tour around the grounds and within the church will explain more about the building and those connected with the parish of North Stoneham.

2pm Sunday 10th October 2010

Netley Military Hospital Cemetary

The bustling family friendly areas of Royal Victoria Country Park are well known, but tucked away at the east end is the tranquil and evocative cemetery site.
Find out about the many nationalities lying there and their stories , as well as the reasons for the various gravestone designs.

2pm Sunday 3rd October 2010

Wandering around Wickham

A new walk, in an old place steeped in history.Wickham with its large village square is surely one of the best preserved places in south Hampshire, but unless a villager shopping many people just pass by nowadays without stopping.
Now is the chance to make a point of exploring more fully this interesting village.

10:30am Sunday 19th September 2010

Itchen Navigation and Stoke Park Wood

A longer walk.
Along the Itchen Navigation from Brambridge to Bishopstoke and then up to and through Stoke Park Wood, across fields back to Brambridge. Meet at 10.30 Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Kiln Lane SO50 6HT. Return approx. 3.00 pm.

  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Location: Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Kiln Lane, Brambridge (meet at car park entrance, park just inside site off Kiln Lane ), SO50 6HT (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 12th September 2010

NO WALK

11/12 September are the annual Heritage Weekend dates,so go explore some of the many places open to public FOR FREE.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: No information currently available, check back later
2pm Sunday 5th September 2010

Home and Away

Join a stroll through Eastleigh Rec and go on a world tour. Find out how Eastleigh got its recreation ground and how some of the plants were brought here, from all over the world.

2pm Sunday 29th August 2010

Hamble at War

The position of Hamble at the mouth of Southampton Water has given it a vital defensive role.On this walk which icludes part of the Southampton Water shoreline and memorials in the churchyard, find out how the area served in wartime activities over the centuries.

2pm Saturday 14th August 2010

Eastleigh Family Walk

A walk around Eastleigh town centre , especially aimed to be of interest to families with younger children.

7pm Friday 13th August 2010

Wandering Westerly of Eastleigh

The last of Eastleigh Carnival Week evening walks series.
Head out from Eastleigh town centre and learn about the development and expansion of the town westwards towards the older hamlets of North End and Middle, North Stoneham

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Outside The Point entrance (old town hall) , Leigh road/Romsey Road junction, Eastleigh.
7pm Thursday 12th August 2010

Eastleigh by Rail , Road and Air

The 4th walk of the series supporting Eastleigh Carnival Week .
A walk around central Eastleigh, hearing about the development of transport and communications by various modes over the years.

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Outside Eastleigh Railway Station, Southampton Road /Leigh Road junction
7pm Wednesday 11th August 2010

All Around Allbrook

A combination of made up and unmade country paths exploring the lesser known areas of Allbrook tucked away from motor traffic.
Certainly an eye opener for those not familiar with this part of the borough.
May be a bit muddy on some unsurfaced paths if wet, also involves some hills .

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Park where you can in area.Meet at roundabout at junction of Pitmore Road/allbrook hill outside the newish Osborne Mews flats
7pm Tuesday 10th August 2010

Saving Souls in Eastleigh

For Eastleigh Carnival fund raising , the second of five nights of evening walks.
Meet Fiona Kennedy outside The Point entrance ( the old Eastleigh town hall at junction of Leigh Road/Rpomsey Road)
All level walkning around the Eastleigh streets looking at some of the old eclesiastical buildings in the town centre.

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Outside The Point, (0ld town Hall) Leigh Road
7pm Monday 9th August 2010

Bishopstoke's Beginnings

The first of five evening walks in conjunction with Eastleigh and District Local History Society.
Explore old Bishopstoke which was a thriving community long before Eastleigh town was developed .

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: outside TheHub buildingi at Bishopstoke Road playing fields car park, to eastof Chickenhall Lane junction.
2pm Sunday 18th July 2010

The ruins of Netley Abbey

A short walk but fully loaded with tales of past times at Netley Abbey , now in ruins and conserved with a scheduled ancient monument status, but once a thriving monastic community .

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Netley Abbey ruins entrance, Abbey Hill, Netley
2pm Sunday 11th July 2010

All Around Allbrook

A longer stroll around the parish of Allbrook. Hear about local artist Mary Beale, the Itchen Navigation, Rookwood Maternity Hospital and more..

2pm Sunday 4th July 2010

Hidden Paths of Hamble

A walk away from the village centre exploring some of the less well known paths and places in the waterside parish .

2pm Sunday 27th June 2010

Old Bursledon

Stroll the picturesque lanes of the main "Howards Way" village, an area of deserved special character status as well as a conservation area.

2pm Sunday 20th June 2010

Chandler`s Ford

Delve into the history of this once small village and find out why a son of Oliver Cromwell brought his wife to celebrate the cherries of Chandler`s Ford

2pm Sunday 13th June 2010

Netley Village

Learn the story of the village between Netley Abbey and Royal Victoria Country Park, including why Queen Victoria got wet feet, spontaneous combustion and hunt the church mouse!

10am Sunday 6th June 2010

Solent Gardeners Fayre

Not a walk by Heritage Guides, but if the Strawberry Trail walk today is too long, then consider instead going to the Rotary Club of Southampton 12th annual Solent Gardeners Fayre with Crafts as well.
To be opened by TV gardener Roy Lancaster at 10am .
A chance to browse and buy plants and more for your garden, whilst raising money for charity at the same time.
see website www.solentgardenersfayre.org.uk for further information.
Senior Citizens have reduced admission charge of £3.00 and accompanied children under 14s gain free entry.

  • Walking time: 2½ hours
  • Location: University Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh opposite Parkway station car park
9am Sunday 6th June 2010

Strawberry Trail

As part of Countryside 2010 walks, a long 15 mile all day circular amble.Exploring countyside by the upper reaches of the Hamble river, through Bursledon to Hamble where stop for picnic lunch.Return alongside Southampton Water via Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley before winding our way back to Botley .

2pm Sunday 30th May 2010

Hamble Rail Trail

A circular walk as part of the national Countryside 2010 events around the Hamble Rail Trail. Taking in a mixture of scenery ,including a route by a WW1 era railway line and the coastal section of waterfront between Hamble Point and Royal Victoria Country Park .

2pm Sunday 16th May 2010

Eastleigh town

Hear how Eastleigh began and its transformation to become a major railway town , of people connected with the town and about the old and newer buildings.

2pm Sunday 2nd May 2010

Bygone Bishopstoke

Established long before the town of Eastleigh, Bishopstoke has a rich history of its own.Why did building a new chcurch split the village? Learn of the drowner Bilious Bale and other characters.

9:30am Sunday 25th April 2010

Strawberry Trail -Hedge End to Hound

As part of the Hedge End st Georges weekend events, a circular long walk from Hedge End to Hound on mostly off road paths including part of Strawberry Trail. Distance approx 12 miles. Take a picnic lunch .

  • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours including breaks
  • Location: -Hedge End station car park, Stroudley Way
2pm Saturday 24th April 2010

Old Hedge End

In conjunction with the second year of Hedge End St. George`s weekend events, a Saturday walk exploring the older parts of Hedge End village and seeing the surviving buildings .

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: playing fields car park, Turnpike Way, near Gullycroft Mead
2pm Sunday 18th April 2010

Beat around Bursledon Village

A spring jaunt around old Bursledon.Hear about jolly sailors, grey ladies and more roaming around the Howards Way village .

2pm Sunday 28th March 2010

Bound around Hound

That`s it, winter is over and spring has now officially sprung!
Emjoy the first day of British Summer Time with a circular mainly wooded areas walk around parts of Hound parish, taking in Westwood and Priors Hill Copse and more

  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Location: Abbey Hall car park, Abbey Hill, Netley Abbey(next to rec)
2pm Sunday 28th February 2010

Hamble Rail Trail

The first walk of 2010 season , a circular guided bit more enegetic longer ramble around the Hamble Rail Trail.
Follow this route which features its own Walking Distance produced leaflet .Start at Mount Pleasant Recreation Ground and follow the path clockwise down to Hamble village, around to Hamble Common and along the waterside to Royal Victoria Couuntry Park.

10am Sunday 6th December 2009

Hound, Bursledon, Hamble Circular

A pre xmas longer walk around the paths on Hamble peninsula on parts of the Strawberry Trail .Stop for coffeee in Bursledon and lunch at Hamble, take a picnic lunch or buy food .

  • Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Location: Royal Victoria Country Parkl tea rooms --outside
2pm Sunday 1st November 2009

Hamble Rail Trail

A first time by HVEHG walk of the complete Hamble Rail Trail circular route starting from Mount Pleasant playing field car park and walking in a clockwise direction along the Rail Trail to Hamble Common then walk along the shore line past BP Terminal and Westfield Common to Royal Victoria Country Park before returning back to start point.

2pm Sunday 25th October 2009

Cobbett’s Botley

Botley, one time home of William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides. As well as discovering the past history of this delightful village, you will find out and see some of the places connected with Cobbett.

2pm Sunday 18th October 2009

North Stoneham Church

St. Nicolas Church. Connections with the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes.

2pm Sunday 11th October 2009

Netley Military Hospital Cemetery

A tranquil and evocative site. Find out about the many nationalities lying there and their stories, as well as the reasons for the various gravestone designs. A fascinating and informative walk.

2pm Sunday 4th October 2009

North Stoneham in support of Willis Fleming Trust

Walk around Middle area, taking in Magpie Lane/Chestnut Avenue/Stoneham Lane and looking at pictures of how area appeared in days gone by to what it is like today.

2pm Sunday 27th September 2009

Old Bursledon Village Walk

Learn about jolly sailors and grey ladies on this tour around old Bursledon.

2pm Sunday 20th September 2009

Netley Village

Learn the story of the village between Royal Victoria Park and Netley Abbey, including why Queen Victoria got wet feet, spontaneous combustion and hunt the church mouse!

2pm Sunday 13th September 2009

Heritage weekend open days

No Guided walks from us this weekend, due to the numerous places around the County open for Heritage Open Days – get out and about to rarely opened venues.

  • Walking time: Varies
  • Location: County wide
2pm Sunday 6th September 2009

Home and Away – Eastleigh Recreation Ground

Come on a voyage of discovery! Learn about the history of the Recreation Ground plus the mysterious plants to be found there.

7pm Friday 21st August 2009

Bygone Bishopstoke

The grand final Carnival Week walk exploring the grandeur of Old Bishopstoke which was in existence before Eastleigh town came into being.
Your Guide is an expert on Bishopstoke history and will acquaint you with the delights of this once popular to the gentry area .

7pm Thursday 20th August 2009

West Eastleigh and Fleming Park

Walk west of the town centre taking in how the town expanded westwards across the farmland to reach Fleming Park, then walk over the former golf course to see the views and walks now available to the public following closure of the golf course

7pm Wednesday 19th August 2009

Lets hit the town--Central Eastleigh

The third Carnival week walk, covering central Eastleigh area seeing the old buildings constructed as the town developed and hear history of how the town centre expanded over the years with development of railway works.

7pm Monday 17th August 2009

Allbrook --Eastleigh carnival Week Walk

An evening walk around Allbrook and North Boyatt exploring the hidden paths and history of this rustic area between the Itchen Navigation and Boyatt Lane.

2pm Sunday 19th July 2009

Hamble at War

Hamble’s position at the mouth of Southampton Water has given it a vital defensive role. Following this walk, which includes part of the Southampton Water shoreline and memorials in the churchyard, you will find out how this developed from the Iron Age to the modern day.

2pm Sunday 12th July 2009

All about Allbrook

A pleasant stroll in and around Allbrook, home to the important local artist Mary Beale. Learn about Otterbourne Grange, the Itchen Navigation and Rookwood Maternity Hospital.

2pm Sunday 5th July 2009

Botley

One time home of William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides, who described the village as “delightful”, so who are we to argue! An opportunity to discover other interesting historical facts about the village as well.

2pm Sunday 28th June 2009

Hidden Paths of Hamble

Following some of the less well known paths around Hamble , taking in Mercury Meadows, old Hamble airfield and part of the Rail Trail

2pm Sunday 21st June 2009

Chandler`s Ford

Delve into the history of this once small village and find out why Oliver Cromwell`s son brought his wife to celebrate the cherries of Chandler`s Ford .

2pm Sunday 14th June 2009

Grange Park, Hedge End

Explore the recent and ancient, a mixture of impressive paths through new open spaces and by a newly formed lake, combined with ancient paths near the listed Dowds Farm farmhouse make this an interesting walk.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours to 2 hours
  • Location: Hedge End railway station car park, Stroudley Way
2pm Sunday 7th June 2009

Pubs of Hamble

This walk takes us around learning a flavour of the history of the pubs and drinking places of Hamble village.
Hear about the Church`s connection to the history of brewing.

10:30am Sunday 31st May 2009

Itchen Navigation & Stoke Park Wood

Along the Itchen Navigation from Brambridge to Bishopstoke and then up to and through Stoke Park Wood, across fields back to Brambridge.Return to Brambridge by about 3.00 pm

2pm Sunday 24th May 2009

Hound Nature Trail

Taking in some of the best wildlife areas in the parishes of Hamble and Hound.
Passing through Priors Hill copse, Hound Corner Ecology Park, The Bunney, St.Mary`s Wood and the northern part of Hamble Rail Trail.

2pm Sunday 17th May 2009

Hamble Village

How many villages can boast a Priory, a fine Norman church, a castle and have played a significant role in the country`s aviation and maritime history.
Come on this tour and see all these things and hear about some famous people associated with Hamble.
Arrive early as parking can sometimes be difficult in Hamble at busy weekend periods , but worth the effort.

2pm Sunday 10th May 2009

Eastleigh town

A central Eastleigh town centre walk.
Hear how Eastleigh began, the transformation fron Railway town to the present day environment, people connected with the town, old and new buildings.

2pm Sunday 3rd May 2009

old Bishopstoke

Established long before Eastleigh town came into being,Bishopstoke has a rich history of its own.Why did building a new church split the village?
Learn of the drowner Bilious Bale and other local characters.

9am Sunday 26th April 2009

Strawberry Trail

An all day St George`s Day walk along the Strawberry Trail to Hamble and Netley , but with a different start point , to tie in with the St.George festivities in Hedge End .
So put on your walking boots and meander down through Manor Farm Country Park and Bursledon [coffee break) then on to Hamble.
Stop for picnic lunch on Hamble Quay, then return via Royal Victoroa Country Park for short stop, Priors Hill Copse and Netley Common to Hedge End.About 15 miles in total

  • Walking time: 9am to about 5pm with breaks
  • Location: Wildern School car park
2pm Saturday 25th April 2009

St . George`s Week Walk , Hedge End

A Saturday afternoon walk around Hedge End , as part of the St. George`s Fest events running in Hedge End 23rd to 26th April .Learn about the development of the village and see some of the old surviving buildings from the "Strawberry Village ".

2pm Sunday 19th April 2009

Bursledon Village Walk

Learn about jolly sailors and grey ladies on this tour around old Bursledon "special character area" .

10:30am Sunday 5th April 2009

Round the River Bursledon-Hamble-Warsash-Bursledon

Delightful longer walk, covering part of Strawberry Trail and the river path on east bank of Hamble River.Walk from Bursledon through the special character area to Hamble, skirting the old aerodrome before making way down to Hamble Quay.
Catch the pink Warsash ferry boat( crossing fee of £1.00 beleived current price) over to Warsash.
Then return along the eastern riverside path to Bursledon passing the areas used by wading birds and the Swanwick Shore Conservation Area.
Take a picnic and drink, suitable shoes and clothing.
Enjoy the lovely vistas on this walk which features in several publications as a favoured trip.

  • Walking time: 4½ hours--return about 3pm
  • Location: Bursledon Station car park
10am Saturday 28th March 2009

History Fair

Not a walk, but a history fair at historic Townhill Park House (current home of The Gregg School ) , access off Townhill Way , turn at the roundabout junction with Atlantic Park View and school is at end of road . Opening by Southampton Mayor AT 10.00, THERE WILL BE A VARIED PROGRAMME OF TALKS INCLUDING THE STORY OF SOUTHAMPTON;HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY; 100 YEARS OF FLYING AT EASTLEIGH AIRPORT and more.
MEET LOCAL AUTHORS, NEW BOOK LAUNCH " BITTERNE AND WEST END THROUGH TIME.
STALLS INCLUDING LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY SOCITIES, LOCAL BOOKS AND POSTCARDS ETC.
GUIDED TOURS OF THE RENOWNED GERTRUDE JEKYLL DESIGNED GARDENS OF TOWNHILL PARK HOUSE .
Organised by Bittermne Local History Society , for latest new see www.bitterne.net website

10:30am Sunday 1st March 2009

Stoke Park and Fair Oak Woods

“A 3½/4 hour walk through Stoke Wood and woods at Fair Oak (which used to be part of the royal ancient forest of Bere that stretched from Eastleigh to Havant), then across fields back to the start point. In the past a wide variety of wild life has been seen, including deer, foxes, little egret and buzzard. At this time of year there is the possibility of several very muddy patches.
This walk replaces the Itchen Navigation walk previously advertised as the Itchen Navigation paths are closed for repair.

  • Walking time: 3½ to 4 hours
  • Location: long stay car park off Romsey Road/Twyford Road roundabout, Eastleigh town centre (near Lidl store), SO50 (map showing where to go)
2pm Sunday 1st February 2009

Churn around Chandler`s Ford

A new delightful walk taking paths through the meadows , woods and open spaces in west part of Chandler`s Ford and Valley Park area .Where suitable footwear as some paths will be a bit muddy.

10:30am Friday 26th December 2008

Mummers at Christmas

Bursledon on Boxing Day- a chance to learn about local characters, shipbuilding, strawberries and smugglers. Old Bursledon is an attractive and peaceful village, with links to Daniel Defoe and Jane Austin. Maybe, for me, the most interesting tale is the life of Emmaline Shawe- Storey, a wealthy landowner, who didn't always hit it off with the locals or the vicar. It all came good in the end. We will be walking along country lanes, past some wonderful old houses, and with views of the Hamble River. Oh, and it's a chance to burn off some mince pies, and see the Mummers (morris men types). We will be meeting in the railway station carpark, grid reference 489095, at 10.30am. The walk will be finishing at The Vine, a village pub, probably at about 12ish. The mummers will be performing from 11am until mid afternoon, doing a spot of wassailing, I suspect. From what I've heard, it's quite a show, and better than watching a Bond film repeat.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Bursledon Station car park
10:30am Sunday 7th December 2008

Bound Around Hound

Its December, its Eric - its gonna be a muddy one!

A walk taking in some of the delightful areas within Hound Parish, passing through parts of the Rail Trail, the Bunney, Priors Hill Copse, St Mary's Wood and Hound Corner Ecology Park

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Netley railway station
2pm Sunday 2nd November 2008

Royal Victoria Military Cemetery

The week before Remembrance Day this walk will visit the Military Cemetery attached to the former Royal Victoria Military Hospital

2pm Sunday 26th October 2008

Bishopstoke

This stroll around Bishopstoke rounds off the Summer walks programme

2pm Sunday 19th October 2008

North Stoneham Church

St Nicolas Church. Connections with the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes. Meet at St Nicholas Church, off Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh

2pm Sunday 12th October 2008

Hamble Churchyard

Meet the ancestors - connections with pioneer days of flight, Sherlock Holmes, naval battles, shipbuilding, Champagne Charlie and the America's Cup. So much in one small churchyard.

10:30am Sunday 5th October 2008

Botley to Durley Mill

A walk following the course of the Hamble above its tidal limits. This is a world away from the bustle of the boatyards downstream, but there's still stories and tales to tell. Not only that but this autumnal walk will catch the woodlands at their most beautiful.

2pm Sunday 28th September 2008

Pubs of Hamble

This walk takes us around the pubs and drinking places of Hamble village - purely in the interests of historical research of course! Learn about the history of brewing, small beer and the church's involvement.

9am Saturday 27th September 2008

Hedge End to Hound Hike

A circular longer walk between the areas using mostly off road hidden paths through woods and open spaces. Meet at Hedge end station car park at 9am, bring picnic lunch and drink , back by about 4.30pm

2pm Sunday 21st September 2008

Netley

Spontaneous combustion, finding the church mouse, why Netley came into being and how Queen Victoria got wet feet? All this and more.

With a Cistercian Abbey at one end and the site of a historic military hospital at the other Netley has quite a history! Learn the story of the village in between on this walk

2pm Sunday 14th September 2008

Heritage Open Day - Mr & Mrs Cobbett at Botley

Between 1805 and 1815 (on and off) Botley was the home of William Cobbett, author, polemicist, farmer, soldier, politician, scourge of the establishment and friend of the working man. Meet Mr Cobbett, and his wife on this costumed walk around the village he called the "most delightful in all the world"

2pm Sunday 7th September 2008

Eastleigh

Town centre walk.

How Eastleigh began, the transformation from Railway town to the present day environment, people connected with the town, old and new buildings.

7pm Friday 15th August 2008

Eastleigh Carnival - Eastleigh South Ramble

longer distance walk 3 to 4 miles

www.eastleigh-carnival.org

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Bandstand, Eastleigh town centre
7pm Thursday 14th August 2008

Eastleigh Carnival - Eastleigh town walk

A different tour of old Eastleigh,

more details at www.eastleigh-carnival.org

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Eastleigh Museum
7pm Wednesday 13th August 2008

Eastleigh Carnival - Eastleigh North Ramble

longer distance walk 3 to 4 miles, meet Bandstand in recreation ground, Leigh road, Eastleigh town centre

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Bandstand, Eastleigh
7pm Tuesday 12th August 2008

Eastleigh Carnival - Eastleigh walk

Historical tour of Old Eastleigh

All walks start at 7pm, and will last about 1.5 to 2 hours, Each cost £1 adults and children free, proceeds to local charities and voluntary organisations.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: outside Eastleigh railway station
7pm Monday 11th August 2008

Eastleigh Carnival - Bishopstoke

part of Eastleigh Carnival Week a series of walks designed to show you what Eastleigh has to offer! More info at
www.eastleigh-carnival.org
All walks start at 7pm, and will last about 1.5 to 2 hours, Each cost £1 adults and children free, proceeds to local charities and voluntary organisations.

  • Walking time: 1½ hours
  • Location: Bishopstoke Field Pavillion
2pm Sunday 27th July 2008

All about Allbrook

this might be your last chance to see the former home of 17th century artist Mary Beale before the 21st century catches up with it

2pm Sunday 20th July 2008

Hamble at War

Hamble's position at the mouth of Southampton Water gives it a vital defensive role. Following this walk you will find out how this developed from the Iron Age to the modern day.

10:30am Sunday 20th July 2008

qe2 activity centre sponsored walk

This year the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre qe2 activity centre celebrates thirty years of providing activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

To celebrate a number of events have been organised, including this 5k sponsored walk around the Manor Farm Country Park. Come and join in - enjoy a 5k walk, learn about the Manor Farm Country Park and help raise money for this great local charity! You can walk the route, jog it, run it, cycle it. There'll even be a shorter version for those that can't quite do 5 kilometres. email qe2centre@aol.com for more details

2pm Sunday 13th July 2008

Botley

Now officially designated as "delightful" and who are we to disagree. If it was good enough for William Cobbett . . .


With some fine vernacular architecture, chimeys pointing towards the sea, doric columns and penny farthings in the market square Botley is a great place to visit and what better way to do it than with a Hamble Valley Heritage Guide.

10:30am Sunday 6th July 2008

Upper Hamble Ramble (all day)

Following on from the Lower River walk (June 1st) this walk covers the upper tidal stretch of the river.

Starting at Botley Market Hall this circular walk passes through the Manor Farm Country Park to Bursledon, calling in at the HMS Cricket exhibition en route. Around four hours walking, bring lunch, dress for the weather and put your walking boots on.

2pm Sunday 29th June 2008

Hidden paths of Hamble

Following some of the less well known paths of Hamble including Mercury Meadows, The Mound and southern part of Hamble Rail Trail.

2pm Sunday 22nd June 2008

Chandlers Ford

Delve into the history of this once small village and find out why Oliver Cromwell’s son brought his wife to celebrate the cherries of Chandlers Ford.

7pm Monday 16th June 2008

Western Fringes of West End

a second evening walk around West End.

part of West End Carnival

2pm Sunday 15th June 2008

Otterbourne - much that is well worth remembrance

"Though the writer is aware that there is no incident to tempt the reader—no siege of the one castle, no battle more important than the combat in the hayfield between Mr. Coram and the penurious steward, and, till the last generation, no striking character. But the record of a thousand peaceful years is truly a cause of thankfulness, shared as it is by many thousand villages, and we believe that a little investigation would bring to light, in countless other places, much that is well worth remembrance." so said former Otterbourne resident Charlotte Yonge

6:30pm Wednesday 11th June 2008

West End: from A to B

a countryside walk around West End for a summer evening.

Part of West End Carnival

2pm Sunday 8th June 2008

Bursledon Village walk

Learn about jolly sailors and greyladys on this tour around old Bursledon.

10:30am Sunday 1st June 2008

Lower Hamble Ramble (all day)

Around four hours of walking alongside in the Hamble Valley.

From Bursledon Station following the Strawberry Trail to Hamble; break for lunch at Hamble and reconvene on the Warsash side. Follow the path alongside the river to Lower Swanwick, then back to Bursledon.

Bring lunch (or visit Hamble Tea Rooms, the Kiosk or one of Hamble's pubs), dress for the weather and put your walking boots on.

2pm Sunday 25th May 2008

Hound Nature Trail

A new walk taking in some of the best wildlife areas in the Parish of Hamble and Hound, passing through Priors Hill copse, Hound corner Ecology Park, The Bunney, St.Marys Wood and the northern part of Hamble Rail Trail.

2:32am Tuesday 20th May 2008

Western Fringes of West End

a second evening walk of West End, led by Eric Reed.

Part of West End Carnival.

2pm Sunday 18th May 2008

As the abbot said to the archaeologist . . .

Learn about the history of the Abbey at Netley, from before the Dissolution from the Abbott and after Henry from the archaeologist, on this costume walk...

2pm Sunday 11th May 2008

Bishopstoke

Established long before Eastleigh, Bishopstoke has a rich history of it's own. . Why did building a new church split the village? Learn of the drowners, Bilious Bale, and other local characters.

10:30am Sunday 11th May 2008

Itchen Navigation & Stoke Park Wood

Bluebells and other interesting natural history sightings (we hope) along the Itchen Navigation from Brambridge to Bishopstoke and through the ancient former Royal Forest of Bere. Some rugged walking

2pm Sunday 4th May 2008

Hamble Village

How many villages can boast a Priory, a fine Norman church, a castle, and has played a significant role in the country's aviation and maritime history. Come on this tour and see all these things and hear about some famous people associated with Hamble.

2pm Sunday 27th April 2008

Bursledon footpaths & public hards

Rogation Sunday walk


A walk where we team up with members of Bursledon Rights of Way and Amenities Action group--this year exploring the footpaths and Hards alongside the Hamble river--meet at the southern end of Lands end road , Bursledon.
Park at Bursledon Station car park

2pm Sunday 27th April 2008

Allbrook

A pleasant stroll in and around Allbrook, home to the important local artist Mary Beale. Learn about Otterbourne Grange, the Itchen Navigation, and Rookwood Maternity Hospital.

2am Sunday 20th April 2008

Shipbuilders of Bursledon

This week marks the 670th anniversary of a visit to Bursledon by Edward III, King of England! He came to Bursledon to launch the "George", on St George's Day 1338. Over the following centuries many more ships were built for the Royal Navy on the river, some at Warsash and Hamble but the majority at Bursledon.

Join this walk and see how the shipbuilders of Bursledon have left their mark.

9am Saturday 19th April 2008

Strawberry Trail

In its ten mile run the Hamble River has a wealth of history and heritage, as well as some stunning views.

This circular walk covers the tidal section of the river, from Botley via Bursledon to Hamble, along Southampton Water to Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley before winding its way back up to Botley.

A good walk to get the summer walking season under way, you'll need to dress for the weather and put your best walking boots. Don't forget to bring lunch & a drink.

Meet up at 0850 for leaving at 0900 ; aim to back to Botley before 1730.
For those arriving by car , park in Mortimers Road Long Stay car park.

10am Sunday 3rd February 2008

West to west of West End

Meet at 9.45am for a 10am departure from Hedge End station car park on a countryside ramble using the mainly off road paths network to walk westwards to west part of West End parish, stopping for picnic lunch at Itchen Valley Country Park then returning via a different route to Hedge End, station by about 3pm.


Wear suitable rugged clothing and footwear and bring picnic and drink.

10am Sunday 6th January 2008

Hedge End & Away

A circular starting from Hedge End station but taking in parts of Botley and West End parishes as well as Hedge End.

This will involve walks on some paths not previously covered by the Heritage guides past walk programme so should be of particular interest to those who are want to discover a bit more of the hidden away local paths network.

Start at 10.00 from outside Hedge End station, return by about 3pm, covering about 8 miles .
Wear suitable footwear as some paths may be muddy.

Bring picnic lunch and drink.

10:30am Sunday 2nd December 2007

Brambridge Muddy Boot Walk

Muddy boot walk through parts of the Itchen Navigation and the ancient Forest of Bere (a former royal forest for over 500 years). Some rugged walking. Park and meet on the grass area inside the gates of Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Kiln Lane, Brambridge at 10.30 a.m. The walk will take around four to four and a half hours. Bring lunch and a hot drink!

10am Sunday 4th November 2007

Otterbourne and the Itchen Navigation

Otterbourne to Shawford along the Itchen Navigation, visiting Shawford Down.You'll need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this walk, which can be muddy in places. Also bring a packed lunch and drink.

10am Sunday 7th October 2007

Northern Strawberry Trail

Bishopstoke Itchen Valley Meadows , Horton Heath and Fair Oak
a circular walk, taking in part of the proposed northern section of the
Strawberry Trail route, returning via different paths mostly away from roads.

Wear suitable footwear , likely to be muddy in some spots. Bring a packed
lunch and drink. Several stiles to be crossed.

  • Walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Location: Bishopstoke rec car park, Bishopstoke road
2pm Sunday 23rd September 2007

Tales of Old Bursledon

Shipbuilders and strawberries and much more. The story of Old Bursledon, a delightful place, a delightful walk.

9am Saturday 22nd September 2007

Strawberry Trail

Long distance (15 mile) walk.

2pm Sunday 16th September 2007

North Stoneham

From William the Conqueror to Guy Fawkes this estate has a rich heritage. Enjoy a walk around the lakes (sorry, no dogs) and St Nicholas Church.

2pm Sunday 9th September 2007

Netley

Spontaneous combustion, finding the church mouse, why Netley came into being and how Queen Victoria got wet feet? All this and more.

2pm Sunday 2nd September 2007

Chandlers Ford

Delve into the history of this once small village and find out why Oliver Cromwell’s son brought his wife to celebrate the cherries of Chandlers Ford.

2pm Sunday 26th August 2007

Hamble

How many villages can boast a Priory, a fine Norman church, a castle, and has played a significant role in the country's aviation and maritime history. Come on this tour and see all these things and hear about some famous people associated with Hamble.

2pm Sunday 19th August 2007

Netley

Royal Victoria Country Park. A walk through the Park, which will explore the history of the first military hospital, which once stood on this site, Our walk also includes looking at other points of interest along the way.

2pm Sunday 12th August 2007

Mr and Mrs William Cobbett

Take a walk with Mr. and Mrs Cobbett and hear about Botley during the time in which they lived there. Anecdotes, reminiscences of their lives in this delightful Hampshire Village

2pm Sunday 5th August 2007

North Stoneham

St Nicolas Church. Connections with the Darwin family, Admiral Hawke and Guy Fawkes.

2pm Sunday 29th July 2007

Hamble at war

Hamble has not always been peaceful. Explore the village's wartime history from medieval conflict to World War II including the shoreline of Southampton Water to find the sites of a Tudor Castle and Napoleonic Gun Battery.

2pm Sunday 22nd July 2007

Netley

Netley Abbey Ruins. A fascinating journey down the centuries in the enchanting ruins of Netley's Cistercian Abbey. From the monks through Tudor, Stuart and Georgian times and on to the Victorians and the present day.

2pm Sunday 15th July 2007

Bursledon

Shipbuilders and strawberries and much more. The story of Old Bursledon. A delightful place, a delightful walk.

2pm Sunday 8th July 2007

Hamble - Aviation

The fascinating history of the pioneer days of flight.

2pm Sunday 1st July 2007

Allbrook and about

A pleasant stroll in and around Allbrook, home to the important local artist Mary Beale. Learn about Otterbourne Grange, the Itchen Navigation, and Rookwood Maternity Hospital.

7pm Wednesday 27th June 2007

Helicoptering around Hamble

When we walk around our villages our eyes seldom focus above us. In Hamble this a pity because the roofscapes are a delight - view Hamble from a different perspective which you will not forget

2pm Sunday 24th June 2007

Botley

The most delightful village in the world. Find out why the chimneys point towards the sea. Part of Botley Festival.

2pm Sunday 17th June 2007

Hamble - Pubs past and present

A chance to learn about some of the historic pubs of Hamble and the development of beer drinking

2pm Sunday 10th June 2007

Netley

Literary connections - Abbey Ruins. The 18th C. was a time of Gothic Revival. Come and hear how the magnificent ruins of the Abbey was inspiration to many famous writers, including Jane Austen, Thomas Gray and others.

7pm Wednesday 6th June 2007

HMS Cricket

In the run-up to D-Day the woods of the Manor Farm Country Park were the home to HMS Cricket, a combined Operations base which was a vital part of Britain’s D-day preparation.

2pm Sunday 3rd June 2007

West End

Learn about Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, and the inspiration for the Biggles books.

2pm Sunday 27th May 2007

Hamble - Smuggling

With smuggling traditions going back to 1235, Hamble is the place to find out about the "Gentlemen of the Night".

2pm Sunday 13th May 2007

Bursledon

Boatyards, beerhouses and brickyards - a stroll around the village with a chance to hear about some of its history.

2pm Sunday 6th May 2007

Netley Nostalgia

Interested in Victorian daylight saving and adventurous engineering, Netley’s literary connections, location of the cobbled horse drawn cab rank? All this and more.

2pm Sunday 29th April 2007

Bygone Bishopstoke

Established long before Eastleigh, Bishopstoke has a rich history of it's own. Why did building a new church split the village? Learn of the drowners, Bilious Bale, and other local characters.

2pm Sunday 22nd April 2007

Eastleigh

Trains, planes, and the fastest milkman in the west. Learn about the growth of a bustling railway town, home to the first Spitfire and much more.

9am Saturday 21st April 2007

Strawberry Trail

The start of the spring/summer season of walks is marked by an all day outing on the Strawberry Trail, which was featured by Charlie Dimmick on the River Walks TV programme in February.

The walk is mainly on footpaths, but with short stretches on road. Some ground is bit rough, so good walking shoes are recommended.
There will be a coffee stop at Bursledon, lunch stop in Hamble and probably a stop on way back for refreshment, depending upon how people feel.
Bring your own refreshments or buy them. The Strawberry Trail has its own map which will be available , but it is all waymarked with Strawberry Trail roundels.
It is not hard, only a couple of steepish hills. The speed is not racing, but not dawdling. We leave after 9am and aim to get back by about 5.30, depending how people get on.

The route is Botley, Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, Hamble, Hamble Common, Westfield Common, Royal Victoria Country Park, then return back via different routes through Bursledon and MFCP to Botley.

If arriving by car its best to park in the long stay car park in Mortimer Road Botley, just off the main A334 High Street, west the of village centre.

The aim is to have a friendly sociable day out taking in sights along the way. Advance booking is recommended by email to eric.reed@eastleigh.gov.uk

11am Sunday 1st April 2007

Coast to Countryside

Botley to Durley Mill

You'll need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this walk, which can be muddy in places. Also bring a packed lunch and drink.

11am Sunday 4th March 2007

Coast to Countryside

Bursledon to Botley.

You'll need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this walk, which can be muddy in places. Also bring a packed lunch and drink.

  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Location: Barnfield Kiosk, Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon
11am Sunday 4th February 2007

Coast to Countryside

Hamble, Warsash, Swanwick, Bursledon.
Includes a ferry trip.

You'll need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this walk, which can be muddy in places. Also bring a packed lunch and drink.

  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Location: Hamble Quay