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.

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.

Allbrook

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.

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.

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: http://www.hamblevalley.com/festival-of-food/

Netley Military Cemetery

Monday 22nd August 2016 at 6:50am

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.

Netley Abbey ruins tour

Monday 22nd August 2016 at 5:50am

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 no seating at the abbey ruins. There is very limited parking at the abbey site. More parking is available at Abbey Hall car park about 100 yards away opposite the junction with Grange Road.

The Road to Agincourt Medieval weekend (Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July)

For the weekend of 30th/31st July, Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Guides will be at Manor Farm and Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon SO31 1BH supporting a major event there: The Road to Agincourt Medieval Weekend. Full details can be found at www.roadtoagincourt.co.uk

Netley Abbey Ruins literary tour

Sunday 24th July 2016 at 2pm

Founded in 1239, the Cistercian Abbey at Netley became a grand mansion following its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1536. By the beginning of the 18th century, it was in a ruined state and became popular with romantic writers and poets. Later, it became a place frequented by the Victorians. Come for a relaxed walk amid these impressive remains and hear descriptions of them penned by poets, writers and visitors over the years. Please note that there is very limited parking available on site. More parking is available at Abbey Hall car park 100 yards away opposite the junction with Grange Road. There is also no seating at the abbey site.

Botley Village

Sunday 17th July 2016 at 2pm

An opportunity to explore the old village of Botley and learn more of its buildings and people from times past. The village was, at one time, home to William Cobbett the author of Rural Rides, who claimed Botley as delightful. Who are we to argue?

Fair Oak pathways

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 2pm

This walk takes in recently created open space meadows and woodland walks normally used only by local people. Join us for a pleasant stroll with some surprising views.

Explore Bursledon

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 2pm

The older part of the village of Old Bursledon, next to the Hamble River, is a Conservation Area and an area of special character status. Come on this walk and roam the quiet lanes and paths of old Bursledon. This was once a centre for ship building 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 ago, other ships including the Elephant that was once commanded by Nelson.

Hamble Village - Agincourt Traitors and Patriots

Thursday 30th June 2016 at 7:30pm

A walk to explore how the village of Hamble became embroiled in a plot to sabotage the expedition of King Henry V to France in 1415, by burning his boats. Please note that this is a THURSDAY EVENING WALK beginning at 7.30pm.

Bishopstoke Beginnings

Sunday 26th June 2016 at 2pm

Bishopstoke dates back to Domesday and, as its name suggests, has ancient links with the Bishop of Winchester. The river was an important trade route for the village. This walk around the old village explores its earliest history.

Eastleigh. What is in a name?

Sunday 12th June 2016 at 2pm

Some of the streets of Eastleigh are over a century old. This walk looks at the stories behind some of the road names in the town.

Hound and its church

Sunday 5th June 2016 at 2pm

Hound is often overlooked as it is squeezed between its larger neighbours of Hamble and Netley. Its story is made up of some very human people. Come and join this walk to hear about some of them.

Bygone times of Bishopstoke

Sunday 29th May 2016 at 2pm

East of Eastleigh town Old Bishopstoke, alongside the River Itchen, is steeped in history. Discover more on this meander around the area. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. 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 and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult this website.

North Stoneham Park - woods and meadows

Sunday 22nd May 2016 at 2pm

Explore the history of North Stoneham estate, around since 900AD. Enjoy a walk in the fields and around lakes (angling club permitting), whilst learning of the interesting past of this old parish on the southern borders of modern Eastleigh town. One stile to be climbed over. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. Please wear/bring appropriate clothing bearing in mind that the weather can change during the course of a walk. Stout footwear is recommended. In the event of adverse weather, for health and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult our website.

Eastleigh Town - Earth, Air, Fire and Water

Sunday 15th May 2016 at 2pm

An interesting title! Come along and find out more about different aspects of transport related to Eastleigh town area. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. 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 and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult this website.

William Cobbett`s Botley

Sunday 8th May 2016 at 2pm

Once the home of William Cobbett, renowned journalist and author of the book Rural Rides, who proclaimed the village as "delightful" --who are we to argue! Explore the village and learn more of William Cobbett.

Bluebells and Treason

Sunday 1st May 2016 at 2pm

A walk in rural Otterbourne looking at springtime flowers and recalling the plot to murder King Henry V in the summer of 1415 before the king went to France and, eventually, the Battle of Agincourt. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. 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 and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult this website.

Wonderful Wickham

Sunday 24th April 2016 at 2pm

Explore one of the best preserved and largest central squares in Hampshire, together with other parts of this idyllic village. Please note that there are some steps on this walk. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. 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 and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events please consult this website.

Oldie Otterbourne

Sunday 17th April 2016 at 2pm

Follow in the footsteps of Roman legions, hear tales of highwaymen, smugglers and more. Some hills to climb and stiles to cross. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. 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 and safety reasons or other circumstances beyond our control some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult this website.

Hamble Village Explorer

Sunday 10th April 2016 at 2pm

Meet in Hamble Square for a walking tour of the village and discover more about the buildings and history connected with this picturesque location on the Hamble River. Please wear/bring appropriate clothing bearing in mind that the weather can change during the course of a walk. Strong footwear is recommended. No unaccompanied children. No charge for accompanied children under 16. In the event of adverse weather, for health and safety reasons or other reasons beyond our control some walks may be cancelled at short notice. In these events, please consult this website.

Short break - no walks

Following the successful Autumn and Winter walks season, the Guides are having a short break before the main 2016 walks begin. Watch this space for some new walks coming soon.

Winchester Wander- Hockley Viaduct

Sunday 10th January 2016 at 2pm

First walk of 2016- Start the new year with a pleasant walk along the popular restored railway viaduct then part of the Itchen Way, passing St.Catherines Hill by Winchester outskirts, then return along waterside paths

Chandler`s Ford--along the main road

Sunday 29th November 2015 at 2pm

A change from previous December date to avoid darker evenings and build up to Christmas.
Join Eric for a walk to learn of the development and changes that have taken place in Chandlers`s Ford with particular reference to the old main road area between Fryern Arcade /Oakmount Road and Hursley Road /Bournemouth Road

Autumn Splendour at Netley Military Cemetary and Royal victoria Country Park , Netley

Sunday 8th November 2015 at 2pm

Eric will lead the first 2015/16 monthly winter walk session with a walk to the Military Cemetary and around the country park woodland paths on the national Remembrance Sunday .
See the turning colours of trees and hear about history of cemetary.

Winchester Wander Hocley

Friday 30th October 2015 at 8:56am

Start the new year with a pleasant walk along the popular restored railway viaduct then part of the Itchen Way, passing St.Catherines Hill by Winchester outskirts, then return along waterside paths

Hamble and its Pubs

Sunday 25th October 2015 at 2pm

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.

Flit around Fair Oak

Sunday 18th October 2015 at 2pm

A country walk taking in somewhat hidden open spaces meadows and woodlands with some surprising views.

St Nicolas Church , North Stoneham

Sunday 11th October 2015 at 2pm

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.

North Stoneham Park- woods and meadows

Sunday 4th October 2015 at 2pm

Explore the history of the North Stoneham estate, around since 900AD.
Enjoy a walk in the fields and around lakes (angling club permitting) whilst learning of the interesting past of this old parish on the southern borders of modern Eastleigh town. One stile to be climbed over.

Bound around Hound

Sunday 27th September 2015 at 2pm

A walk along this delightful route exploring the woods and open spaces of Hound together with northern part of Hamble Rail Trail. Wear suitable footwear for cross field walking.

Down Bursledon Way

Sunday 20th September 2015 at 2pm

An early autumn walk around the pretty lanes and paths of this special character area.

National Heritage Weekend

No guided walks, your chance to go off exploring places open as part of annual National Heritage Weekend

Chandler`s Ford --Along the main road

Thursday 10th September 2015 at 2pm

A start for National heritage Weekend with a special extra walk to the programme.
To mark the significance of Chandler`s Ford library building being given listed building status, a local walk has been arranged along the main road comparing pictures of times past with present .

Bygone times of Bishopstoke

Sunday 6th September 2015 at 2pm

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

Itchen Valley area and surrounds Summer Holiday Longer Walk

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10:30am

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

Otterbourne and the plot to kill King Henry V

Wednesday 5th August 2015 at 7:30pm

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

Botley Village

Sunday 26th July 2015 at 2pm

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

Chandler`s Ford and Valley Park woods and meadows

Sunday 19th July 2015 at 2pm

Chandler`s Ford and Valley Park have some modern developments blessed with pleasant more natural areas served by an assortment of varying paths. Come along to explore the areas features.

Historic Hamble & Henry V

Saturday 18th July 2015 at 2pm

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

Solent Shores around Warsash

Sunday 12th July 2015 at 2pm

A new coast and countryside walk taking in the Solent shoreline and Warsash Common areas below the mouth of the Hamble River.

Hamble At War

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 2pm

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.