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.

Botley Village

Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 2pm

An opportunity to explore, with our Guide, the fascinating 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?

Hamble Village as part of the Hamble Valley Festival of Food 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018 at 11am

Visiting the Festival of Food? Come and enjoy an hour's walk with a Hamble Valley Guide to find out more about this historic village on the shore of the River Hamble. Please note that this is a SATURDAY MORNING walk starting at 11am.

Trains, Mills and Strawberries - Circular Walk: Botley, Durley Mill, Botley - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR THIS WALK HAS CHANGED TO 12 AUGUST 2018

Sunday 12th August 2018 at 11am

Trains, Mills and Strawberries is a longer summer walk of the kind that our late colleague, Fiona Kennedy, initiated before her death in 2015. This year's walk is the Botley - Durley Circular route. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER STARTING TIME AND THE MEETING POINT.

The walk will start at Botley Market Hall at 11am and go through fields and lanes to Durley Mill. On the way we will try to find traces of the old Durley railway line and Durley Halt station, before stopping for lunch in Durley village. The garden of the Farmers Home pub has picnic tables and, of course, liquid refreshment nearby if you need it! After our stop we continue back to Botley across some of the old strawberry fields.

Total expected time: 4 hours. Free car parking at Mortimer Lane car park just to the east of All Saints Church in Botley at the junction of A334 and Mortimer Road, Botley.

Please wear suitable clothing for the weather and good walking shoes/boots as parts of the route can be muddy. Please ensure that you have water with you.

Netley Abbey ruins - CANCELLATION: Please note that, with the adverse weather forecast for today, we regret that we have decided to cancel this walk. We will look to re-schedule it for another date.

Sunday 29th July 2018 at 2pm

Over 750 years ago, a Cistercian Abbey was founded on the shore of Southampton Water at what is now the village of Netley Abbey. Buildings, like people, have lives that change over time. The abbey buildings were not pulled down following ejection of the monks in 1536 but lived on, being converted into a Tudor mansion. In a ruined state by the 18th century, the attractiveness of the site drew writers, artists and poets to Netley and Jane Austen visited with members of her family when she lived in Southampton from 1806-1809.Today, the ruins are cared for by English Heritage.
Join our Guide to explore the story of the abbey of Netley. At present (July 2018) there is some restoration work in progress with scaffolding in some parts of the buildings and the walk will take account of that. Please note that there is no public seating or other facilities at the ruins. There are short flights of steps within the ruins.
There is only a small car park at the ruins. Close by, there is on road parking in the village itself or at the Abbey Hall car park, located only a short walk away at the village end of Grange Road.

Postponement of walk

Sunday 22nd July 2018 at 2pm

Please note that, due to a change in circumstances, the proposed walk around Netley Military Cemetery has had to be postponed. We will let you know when we are able to re-schedule it.

The Bursledon Boatbuilders

Sunday 15th July 2018 at 2pm

From Agincourt to Trafalgar, Bursledon has been building boats to defend our shores. This walk will look at the lives of the boatbuilders, what they did, who they were (including Daniel Defoe, and a lady boatbuilder) and what they achieved.

Botley Village

Sunday 8th July 2018 at 2pm

Botley, at first sight, seems a ‘safe’ English large village. But within its story lies a more gritty and turbulent history than might be supposed, involving the effects of wars, murder most foul, radical politics, and revolutionary change in transport and industry.

Being at the point at which the Hamble ceases to be tidal has also affected Botley’s development in ways that are not obvious. In the age of the car, we speed over what was a major choke point for commerce and travel without even noticing the river, and might wonder why Botley once hosted 13 pubs and ale houses. The walk will highlight some of the factors that have affected the story of Botley.

Fair Oak's Hidden History Revealed

Sunday 1st July 2018 at 2pm

This walk around the village of Fair Oak, will include the interior of the church. As part of the walk, you will also discover who lived in The Big House, where it was and what happened to it...!

Strawberries and Steam: A walk at Hound

Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2pm

This walk takes us to the charming church at Hound, before returning via the old strawberry fields and Hamble Rail Trail. According to accessibility we may be able to visit the church itself, the site of an eighteenth century tragedy. Two hours walking time.

Off the rails in Eastleigh

Sunday 10th June 2018 at 2pm

Until the 1800s, the area around 'Eastley' was little more than a collection of farms near to the metropolis of Bishopstoke. Discover how all this changed and the town developed. Through the town centre buildings and the recreation ground, learn about Eastleigh's civic and artistic heritage - and very little about the railways.

Allbrook Walk

Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 2pm

Please note that this walk is on Sunday 3 June and Not Friday 1 June as previously appeared.

A walk around Allbrook and environs. The village was once home to the 17th Century portrait painter, Mary Beale. Our walk today will take you along pleasant paths. On the way, among other points of interest, find out about the once very important Itchen Navigation and, also, Otterbourne House with its connections to the 19th century local authoress, Charlotte Yonge.

A Meander Through The Village Of Netley Abbey

Sunday 27th May 2018 at 2pm

Join our Guide and hear the story of the village of Netley Abbey,on the shores of Southampton Water. Our meander will take you from the 13th century ruins of the Cistercian abbey to the gates of the Royal Victoria Country Park, within which once stood the extensive military hospital built in the reign of Queen Victoria.
Although the walk starts at the ruins car park, please do not park there as that is specifically intended for visitors to the ruins themselves. Please use on road parking in the village itself or the Abbey Hall car park, located only a short walk away at the village end of Grange Road.

IMPORTANT - CANCELLATION OF WALK: Come Fly With Me

Sunday 20th May 2018 at 2pm

We very much regret that it is necessary for us to CANCEL the walk at Hamble on Sunday 20 May. This is due to the incapacity of our Guide, whose special walk it is, following a slight accident. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause and trust that you will understand. We shall look into re-scheduling the walk at another time.

Chandlers Ford Thoroughfares

Sunday 13th May 2018 at 2pm

Winchester Road has been a main thoroughfare through Chandler’s Ford, certainly since the time of the turnpikes, while Kingsway has more notable connections. This new walk, from the Hamble Valley Guides, will look at the pockets of local history on, and close to, the main road. Our Guide looks forward to welcoming you!

Stoke Park Woods and Wild Flowers

Sunday 6th May 2018 at 2pm

A woodland stroll through Stoke Park Woods and Barnfield Copse, hopefully admiring some wild flowers along the way.
Rough walking and mud can be expected this year!

Hamble Village

Sunday 29th April 2018 at 2pm

Looking at Hamble Village today, with its air of relaxed wealth and leisure yachting, it would be easy to sum it up as little more than a rich person's playground. In fact, over the centuries Hamble's history is also shot through with hard graft, social and industrial change and the effects of war. For its size, Hamble has an impressive history. Very much connected to the sea, it was once a centre for shipbuilding and fishing. It has a Norman Priory church, once had a castle in the time of Henry VIII and its aircraft industries and personalities played a most important role during both World Wars and in peacetime. Over the centuries its people have seen the great 16C ship, Grace Dieu, a prototype of a secret submarine used the river and the US Navy's operations here in the Second World War left a lasting legacy. Come and join our Guide for a walk that will take you through centuries of our history, all in an afternoon’s walk!

Otterbourne

Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 2pm

In joining our Guide to explore the history of Otterbourne, you may think you hear the footsteps of legions of Roman soldiers who, long ago, passed this way. In later times, in the 18th century, protection was needed hereabouts against the so called ‘Gentlemen of the Road', the common highwaymen. You will hear a story from a prison camp of the Second World War and how that changed a man’s life and inspired him to benefit others. These stories and more await you on this walk. Please note that the walk does involve climbing some hills and crossing some stiles. The walk starts and finishes at Otterbourne village car park.

Old Bishopstoke and its Titanic connections

Sunday 15th April 2018 at 2pm

Older than the now larger town of Eastleigh, Bishopstoke has a much longer history of its own.
However, it also has connections with the ill-fated liner Titanic, which foundered on her maiden voyage in April 1912 - 106 years ago, on this very day, with the loss of so many lives.

Strawberries and Great Ships

Sunday 11th March 2018 at 11am

Come and join our Guide for a fascinating, circular, walk starting outside Botley Market Hall, Botley Square at 11am, going down to - and taking in -St Bartholomew's Church at Manor Farm, and woodlands leading down to the final resting place of Henry V's great ship, the Grace Dieu.

If you have the Zapar app. for the Road to Agincourt on your phone - now's your chance to use it but this is not essential for the walk!

Parts of the walk will be very muddy - please wear suitable footwear and clothing. We will return to Botley Market Hall. The overall walking time will be approximately two and a half hours.

Hamble, Warsash and Bursledon Circular

Sunday 11th February 2018 at 10:30am

A 6 mile walk, starting at Hamble, taking in a ferry ride, the beauties and fascination of the River Hamble from the river path and returning to Hamble through countryside. From Hamble Square we will walk down to the river and take the ferry across to Warsash (please bring £1.50p each for ferry fare). We will then walk up the riverside path from Warsash to Lower Swanwick where we cross the river. We will make a stop at the attractive, riverside Jolly Sailor pub in Old Bursledon,famed for its nautical and Howards' Way connections, then walk through Old Bursledon returning to Hamble and the Square through countryside. You will hear about so much history on this walk - ship building, smuggling, the ferry and how it was central to the filming of the series, Howards' Way.

South Stoneham and Mansbridge

Sunday 21st January 2018 at 10:30am

Come and join our Guide for a 3 mile circular walk, starting at Swaythling Railway Station car park at 10.30am and finishing back there about 1pm (1300). The walk will be around paths of the River Itchen and local Greenways. During the walk you will be able to learn about the history of the Itchen Navigation, South Stoneham Church and Woodmill.

Weston, Netley and Sholing Circular

Sunday 7th January 2018 at 10:30am

A 6 mile circular walk, starting at 10.30am and finishing approximately 3.30pm. From the Weston Shore car park, the walk will go towards the village of Netley Abbey, then through Westwood and on to Millers Pond. Please bring a packed lunch and something to drink, as we will stop at Millers Pond for lunch. We return to Weston Shore car park via Shoreburs Greenway. On the way,learn about the area's interesting history including the abbey at Netley, air raids and 'Spike Island'.

Royal Victoria Country Park and Hamble Circular

Sunday 17th December 2017 at 10:30am

A 4 mile circular walk into the village of Hamble and around the Royal Victoria Country Park. Learn about the Victorian military hospital that once stood in the park. Hamble is a picturesque village with a history involving smuggling, maritime and aviation.

Not Just Cobbett's Botley.

Sunday 29th October 2017 at 2pm

A different look at the village, its history and people, with a hanging donkey and a funeral for a horse that made national TV News.

North Stoneham Church

Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 2pm

Just to the south west of Eastleigh town lies St. Nicolas Church, the ancient parish church of the previously large North Stoneham parish. On this walk of the church and graveyard hear tales of past people and events linked to the parish. Our Guide will take you to see the interior of the church with its very interesting monuments.

Byegone Hamble

Sunday 15th October 2017 at 2pm

Hamble's history through the centuries. A mixture of maritime and local facts bringing the village to life and explain hidden aspects of its role in the past.

Fair Oak

Sunday 8th October 2017 at 2pm

This new walk looks at some fascinating facts about Fair Oak's past. Discover who lived at the Big House and what life was like for the ordinary people out here in the country.

Allbrook

Sunday 1st October 2017 at 2pm

A walk around Allbrook and environs. Once the home of the portrait artist Mary Beale, the village has pleasant paths and an interesting history. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, Otterborne Grange, and The Trough scandal.

Bustling Bursledon

Sunday 24th September 2017 at 2pm

Another chance to explore the quiet lanes of Old Bursledon and hear how the village involvements were ranged from monks to TV!

Byegone Bishopstoke

Sunday 17th September 2017 at 2pm

East of Eastleigh town Old Bishopstoke, alongside the River Itchen, is steeped in history. Discover tales of the characters who lived there.

Victorian Eastleigh. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF WALK VENUE

Sunday 10th September 2017 at 2pm

Most of Eastleigh town was laid out and built in Victorian times. Come and see some of what remains from that era and how it has been adapted in more recent times.

PLEASE NOTE: This walk replaces the originally scheduled walk around Netley Abbey ruins that was moved to 30 July.

CANCELLATION OF WALK --The Great Ships Trail

We very much regret that we have had to cancel the walk planned for Sunday 3rd September. Unfortunately our Guide is unwell and, at this late stage, our other Guides have prior commitments. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

IMPORTANT. NOTICE OF CANCELLATION of the Memorial Walk for Fiona - Shawford Circular

Sunday 20th August 2017 at 11am

We greatly regret that we have to cancel the Shawford Circular walk planned for Sunday 20 August. This is due to ill health of the Guide due to lead the walk. We do not, unfortunately, have another Guide available at this time, familiar with the route, able to take it. We are very sorry for any disappointment this cancellation may cause.

Literary Netley

Sunday 13th August 2017 at 11am

Writers, novelists, poets, composer, artists from across the centuries have been drawn to Netley for inspiration. Discover how they interpreted their visits. As part of the Jane Austen 200 programme, this walk is free. Please note that the walk starts at 11am. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: http://janeausten200.co.uk/events and at https://www.facebook.com/SarahSiddonsFC/

Event: The Jane Austen Picnic at Netley Abbey ruins

Sunday 6th August 2017 at 12pm

This is an event being organised as part of the commemorations for the 200th anniversary this year of the death of Jane Austen. It will be held at Netley Abbey ruins from 12 noon to 3pm. Usually there are no walks in August, but this is an event you might be interested in instead.
Pack a picnic, put on your bonnet and join us for a picnic recreating Jane's picnic at Netley Abbey, with tours round the ruins, Regency games and dancing.As part of the Jane Austen 200 programme,this event is free. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: http://janeausten200.co.uk/events and at https://www.facebook.com/SarahSiddonsFC/

Netley & the Gothic

Sunday 6th August 2017 at 11am

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen and this walk is part of a programme of events to commemorate the author. Jane Austen, like fellow writers Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray, was drawn to the ruins of Netley Abbey to feel inspired by its gothic ruins, and in the hope of paranormal experiences. Find out how Netley inspired the gothic novel on a visit to one of the top visitor attractions of the 18th century. As part of Jane Austen 200 this walk is free. Please note that the walk begins at 11am. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: http://janeausten200.co.uk/events and at https://www.facebook.com/SarahSiddonsFC/

Netley Abbey ruins tour. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF WALK VENUE

Sunday 30th July 2017 at 2pm

Always a popular walk, visit the ancient ruins and take a walk around the site of a once thriving monastic community. Discover its links to famous detectives, lost poets, country churchyards and medieval monks.
Limited parking on site so, if full, park in Abbey Hall car park, 100 yards to the east, opposite the junction with Grange Road.

PLEASE NOTE: This walk replaces the walk originally scheduled for 30 July (Victorian Eastleigh) as the Mela Festival is taking place in Eastleigh that day. Victorian Eastleigh walk will now be taken on 10 September.

North Stoneham Park

Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 2pm

Explore the history of North Stoneham estate, around since 900AD. Enjoy a walk in the fields and around lakes 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 Hamble Valley walk but an alternative walk in Southampton

Sunday 16th July 2017 at 10:30am

One of our guides will be leading a walk, starting at 10.30am from outside the Juniper Berry public house in Southampton's Old Town
entitled: The Bits Jane Left Out. This is part of the Jane Austen 200 celebrations, marking the bi-centenary of the author's death and, as such, this walk is free. Further information about Jane Austen 200 events can be found at: JaneAusten200 and on Facebook.

Event: Medieval Weekend 15/16 July 2017

For the weekend of 15/16 July, there will be a Medieval Weekend at Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon. More information will be available nearer the time.

Netley Village

Sunday 9th July 2017 at 2pm

Sunday 9 July 2pm Netley Village

Please note URGENT UPDATED INFORMATION as to CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE FOR THIS WALK and details of the walk itself.

For this walk please use the car park at Abbey Hall, Netley Abbey, opposite the end of Grange Road. Walk back up to the main road and turn left. A short distance away, on the right, is the entrance to the abbey ruins where the walk will start. Please take care crossing the road.

Hear the story of the village on a meander through the delightful village of Netley Abbey starting at the abbey ruins, on the western side, and finishing at the main gates of the Royal Victoria Country Park.

Not Just Cobbett's Botley.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 2pm

A different look at the village, its history and people, with a hanging donkey and a funeral for a horse that made national TV News.

Allbrook

Sunday 25th June 2017 at 2pm

A walk around Allbrook and environs. Once the home of the portrait artist Mary Beale, the village has pleasant paths and an interesting history. Hear about the Itchen Navigation, Otterborne Grange, and The Trough scandal.

Meandering through Chandlers Ford.

Sunday 18th June 2017 at 2pm

Having been farms and woodland until comparatively recently, the residential area of Chandlers Ford contains many green spaces and small watercourses, dotted with pockets of history.

Byegone Hamble

Sunday 11th June 2017 at 2pm

Hamble's history through the centuries. A mixture of maritime and local facts bringing the village to life and explain hidden aspects of its role in the past.

Cobbett's Botley

Sunday 4th June 2017 at 2pm

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

Strawberries and Steam

Sunday 28th May 2017 at 2pm

This walk takes us to the charming church at Hound, before returning via the old strawberry fields and Hamble Rail Trail. According to accessibility we may be able to visit the church itself. Two hours walking time.

The Bursledon Boatbuilders

Sunday 21st May 2017 at 2pm

From Agincourt to Trafalgar, Bursledon has been building boats to defend our shores. This walk will look at the lives of the boatbuilders, what they did, who they were (including Daniel Defoe, and a lady boatbuilder) and what they achieved.

Come Fly With Me

Sunday 14th May 2017 at 2pm

A new walk to discover the rich and fascinating history of aeronautical development at Hamble, during both World Wars. Learn about the many well known companies and the famous people who worked there.

Royal Victoria Country Park

Sunday 7th May 2017 at 2pm

A vast military hospital use to stand here. Lots to hear, including stories of ghosts, Florence Nightingale, and the awful consequences of modern war. Queen Victoria frequently visited. World War 1 saw massive expansion of the hospital, decline and then demolition came post World War 2. Includes a visit to the old hospital cemetery. Voted best walk by my black labrador!

The Buildings of Hamble

Sunday 30th April 2017 at 2pm

There are over 30 listed buildings in Hamble. We will pass most of them on this walk and, through them, learn about aspects of the rich and varied history of Hamble.

Fair Oak

Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 2pm

This new walk looks at some fascinating facts about Fair Oak's past. Discover who lived at the Big House and what life was like for the ordinary people out here in the country.

Bishopstoke Beginnings

Sunday 16th April 2017 at 2pm

An Easter Sunday walk at Bishopstoke. Dating back to before Domesday, Bishopstoke has always been linked to the Bishops of Winchester. This walk looks at some of the earliest history of the village and colourful characters.

Eastleigh Town

Sunday 9th April 2017 at 2pm

Learn about the rather accidental and rapid development of this railway town, and some of the characters who have lived here, like 'Jane' and Benny Hill. Who was Saint Swithun Wells, and why was he martyred? Air raid shelters, the airport, and air raids all get a mention.

Oldie Otterbourne

Sunday 2nd April 2017 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.

Bursledon/Hamble/ferry to Warsash/Swanwick/Bursledon Circular Walk

Sunday 5th March 2017 at 11am

We greatly regret that, due to personal circumstances arising from a bereavement, we have to CANCEL the above walk advertised for 5 March.

The walks programme for 2017 will shortly be published on this website.

Weston Shore/Westwood Local Nature Reserve/Millers Pond, Shoreburs Greenway/Weston Shore Circular Walk

Sunday 11th December 2016 at 11am

Meet at the public car park on the waterfront at Weston Shore (Westwood Park end). Our walk takes us, firstly, through the woodlands and grasslands of Westwood Local Nature Reserve, with an opportunity to see a recent memorial to 18 year old Nora Caveney, of the ATS. who was killed there while on duty with an artillery battery in 1942. Leaving Westwood we then walk along pavements to Millers Pond, where there is an area of open water, before joining Shoreburs Greenway. Southamptons Greenways are found in residential areas and follow stream valleys, providing important sites for wildlife. Part of Shoreburs runs alongside Mayfield Park. From the end of Shoreburs, we make our way back to Weston Shore and walk along the shoreline to our starting location. In addition to countryside pathways there is road walking between parts of the route. Please wear suitable clothing for this longer walk as the weather can easily change while we are out and wear either boots or strong footwear.

Netley Military Cemetery

Sunday 13th November 2016 at 2pm

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

St Nicolas' Church, North Stoneham

Sunday 6th November 2016 at 2pm

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

St Nicolas' Church 30 October walk cancelled

This walk has been postponed until Sunday 6 November due to the church being required for a service

Wickham

Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 2pm

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

Netley Abbey ruins tour

Sunday 16th October 2016 at 2pm

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

An Eastleigh Eye Opener

Sunday 9th October 2016 at 2pm

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

Bishopstoke

Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 2pm

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

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.