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Bluebell Wonderland

One of the best examples of a countryside and woodland walk beside the River Hamble is along the National Trust shoreline at Curbridge. Accessible by boat only at high tide, there is a small pontoon on the River Cur ( a small tributary of the Hamble) where you can moor up at the highest navigable point on the River. Access by road is from the B3051 Botley Road just south of Curbridge, and there is roadside parking at Burridge Cricket Club. The nearby Horse and Jockey pub welcomes visitors to their car park and after the walk you invited to stay...

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we are looking at the part that the Hamble Valley played in the operation that started the end of WW2. 1944 saw Hamble as busy as it had been during the 100 Years War and there are several plaques and memorials along the river to commemorate the extraordinary activities that took place in the lead up to D-Day. HMS CRICKET HMS Cricket in Bursledon was a secret training base for the flotilla of landing craft that would be taking the men and their equipment, supplies and machinery across the Channel...

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Maritime History

There have been people living and working on the banks of the River Hamble for over two thousand years. Archaeology has shown that the Salterns, on the river edge near Bursledon, were in use from c100BC – 100AD The River Hamble rises near Waltham Chase and flows past Botley, then Bursledon, past Hamble and runs into The Solent. Its double tides provide a high tide which lasts well over 2 hours and after this there is a quick short ebb tide which is followed by a long flood tide. These double tides and the safe harbour the river provides...

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Rise and Shine – spending a morning in the Hamble Valley.

A visit to the Hamble Valley is a great excuse to try some new activities and what better way to start your day than with a few adrenaline pumping activities. Go Ape is a tree top adventure based in the heart of Itchen Valley Country Park, nr Eastleigh. They take the lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend it with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires – and help you find your inner Tarzan. If you fancy going beneath the waves for a spot of diving, you need to head for...

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National BBQ Week is almost upon us!

It is soon going to be National BBQ Week (26th May to 1st June)and we have been speaking with our friends over at Chilworth Manor Hotel to help us help you in having a great BBQ! See below a few tips from their Sous Chef:

 1. Make sure the BBQ is hot but does not have flames. 2. The thinner the meat/fish the quicker it will cook. Whole fish needs to have several slashes along its side down to the bone, this way the fish will cook quickly and evenly. 3. Make sure you drain excess oil or marinade...

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