IF YOU are lookinSMALLxp_juCSQUg for the perfect mix of beautiful countryside and stunning riverside vistas, you need look no further than the Hamble Valley –  and our new magazine is the ideal way to plan a holiday, short break or day visit.

Launched as part of English Tourism Week 2014 (March 29-April 6), the online Hamble Valley magazine is full of ideas for the best way to spend your time on the Strawberry Coast.

Encompassing 25 miles of Hampshire’s Solent coastline and including the River Hamble and 1,500 acres of unspoilt countryside, it’s easy to see why the area is so popular with locals and visitors alike.  (It became known as the Strawberry Coast due to the vast number of fields used to grow the delicious summer fruit).

You can visit charming towns and villages with beautiful waterside locations, amble through woodland, marshes or meadows on one of the many walking trails and enjoy delicious homemade food made with local produce at one of the many restaurants, pubs of cafes.

The Hamble Valley magazine includes itineraries and advice for how to make the most of your visit as well as plenty of information on accommodation in the area.

Special features include an interview with David Evans, the Marine Director and Harbour Master on the Hamble River. He shares his thoughts on why this is such a special corner of the UK.

You can also find out more about the following walking trails and enjoy a cycle route that takes in the golden postbox created to mark the exploits of local Olympic cycling hero Dani King.