p_vfWlWpFrom coast to countryside, the Hamble Valley is a year-round haven for countryside lovers, with plenty of walks along the River Hamble and through country parks and open spaces.

The Hamble Valley is a great place for children to explore and discover with activities taking place all year round at the country parks, gardens and nature reserves, such as pond dipping at Itchen Valley Country Park or a meander through the meadows at Lakeside Country Park, where children can enjoy a ride on the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam RailwayRoyal Victoria Country Park in Netley offers waterside views and plenty of picnic spaces along with the Royal Victoria Steam Railway. Discover Manor Farm Country Park with woodland trails and river walks.

The Hamble Valley offers a range of walking trails for all abilities, both guided and self guided and provides great walking ideas for walking in hampshire.

Enjoy Hampshire’s wildlife on the River Hamble, where the mudflats and saltmarshes are habitats for wildfowl and wading birds. Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve is a beautiful place to walk and see butterflies during the summer. Explore gardens such as Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, which has a wide range of rhododendrons and azaleas along with the scents of summer flowers.

As well as the country park attractions, the Hamble Valley includes a host of family attractions and places to visit.

p_PL1wdf‘The Hamble Valley offers an amazing variety of wildlife to those who explore its quiet woodlands , flower-filled meadows and beautiful riversides. From orchids to Kingfishers, bats to barn owls and butterflies to toads, there are so many species for people to engage with. And that’s the real bonus of this area – its accessibility, with all sorts of visitor resources, most importantly an excellent network of well-marked trails. For years I walked those in the woodlands around Manor Farm and enjoyed some rich rewards in terms of natural history . . . once, I watched three woodpecker fledglings being fed on the path about three metres from where I had stopped. Superb! It’s all out there – go and see for yourselves.

Chris Packham