With more country parks than anywhere else in Hampshire, the Hamble Valley is a year-round haven for countryside lovers and a great place for children to explore and take part in regular activities. Planning a Day in the Hamble Valley is a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy stunning scenery and a more relaxed pace of life.SMALLxp_3pZ9WB

From the Moors Local Nature Reserve where the River Hamble rises, to the mouth of the river on Southampton Water, the stretching coastline provides plenty of open space and walking trails to connect you with the flora and fauna throughout the year.

Or take in the views of the Solent at Royal Victoria Country Park where the 200 acres of open spaces is perfect for picnicking and games. Explore the park and trails through woodland visiting the military cemetery, sensory garden and duck pond before taking a ride on the Royal Victoria Railway which runs rides throughout the school holidays.

Stop for coffee (and perhaps a tempting cake) in one of the Hamble Valley’s beautiful villages such as Wickham or Bishops Waltham.

Soak up some history at Manor Farm Country Park where you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the delightful Victorian working farm, which was the setting for the BBC’s Wartime Farm.