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.
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.
Hamble Rail Trail
The Hamble Rail Trail – an easy 4.5 mile walk along a disused railway track which was built towards the end of WW1 to transport aircraft from Manchester to Hamble. The trail links Hamble Common, Royal Victoria Country Park, the Solent Way and the long distance Strawberry Trail.
The Cobbett Trail
Follow the footsteps of Botley’s most famous resident, William Cobbett, who lived in Botley from 1805-1820. The gentle 4.5 mile walk guides visitors around Botley village, which William Cobbett described as “the most delightful village in the world. It has everything in a village I love and none of the things I hate.”
The Solent Way
A 60 mile long-distance coastal walking route from the seaside town of Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour, passing through the Hamble Valley. Details of the full walk or sections including Hythe to Hamble and Hamble to Hill Head.
Bluebells and Fairies
One of the best examples of a countryside and woodland walk beside the River Hamble is along the National Trust shoreline at Curbridge.
Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Holly Hill Woodland Park & Bunney Meadows
This is a delightful walk along the east bank of the River Hamble with outstanding views of the marinas on the western side.
More information and to download the maps for the above walks, visit : http://www.hamblevalley.com/home/great-outdoors/walking-trails.php