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The River Hamble

Hamble River Heritage Lottery Fund Project A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled a programme of recording and investigation of the remains of watercraft and other maritime infrastructure on the River Hamble. The Hamble River logboat was discovered in 1888 during the construction of a new boathouse on the estate of the Fairthorne Manor, at the junction of the Hamble River and Curbridge Creek. The logboat measures 4m long by 0.76m wide and is formed from a single oak tree. The discovery of the logboat was reported in the Hampshire Chronicle in 1888 in the following way: “An archaeological...

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Healthy Living

There is plenty of opportunity for watching or taking part in sports and recreation pursuits in the Hamble Valley. Whether you prefer sailing on The Solent, watersports, fishing on the River Hamble or River Itchen, golf, cricket, horse-riding or taking a breath of fresh air on a walk in the countryside. Whatever your ability or level of fitness there is a host of facilities on offer. Fancy getting wet?: Lakeside Country Park with 60 acres of meadow and lakes and young woodland, offers canoeing, windsurfing and dinghy sailing, and is ideal for beginners. The onsite pavilion provides groups with showers...

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Heritage

The Hamble Valley has a wealth of fascinating local heritage connections and attractions which tell of years gone by and the role that the area has had in the history of southern Hampshire.  There are plenty of attractions across the Hamble Valley where the past comes to life. Discover Eastleigh’s past at Eastleigh Museum, which tells the story of a locomotive engine driver in the 1930s and has a regular programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and family friend events and activities during school holidays. See a fine example of the county’s agricultural heritage at the beautifully restored Bursledon Windmill....

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Hidden Gems

Strolling through the villages and towns of the Hamble Valley you are guaranteed to encounter a host of churches.  Some are ancient, others are quite new; some are set in quiet spots, others on busy streeets. Whatever their setting though, these beautiful buildings have much to offer. St Andrew’s Church makes a great starting point for your visit. The church stands on land given by the Bishop of Winchester to Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Tiron in France in 1109, at around the same time as the very first crusades to the holy land were beginning. The building was...

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Walking Trails

The best way to explore the Hamble Valley is to follow one of the many self-guided walks and trails. From long distance routes to easy circular trails perfect for Sunday afternoon strolls, there is a walk to suit all.   For FREE copies of the Hamble Valley walking leaflets email info@hamblevalley.com   Strawberry Trail A 15 mile long distance self-guided circular walking trail beginning in Botley, taking in the Hamble Valley villages of Bursledon, Hamble, and the area’s most beautiful countryside including woodland and farmland through to Netley and returning to Botley. There are plenty of place en-route to stop for refreshments....

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