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.


For FREE copies of the Hamble Valley walking leaflets email


Strawberry Trail

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.

Download a copy of the Strawberry Trail 


Netley Abbey

A gothic tale. The buildings that now comprise the Abbey ruins wereknown to monks, commissioners of King Henry VIII, the first Marquis of Winchester and an incautious builder. Download the leaflet here!



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 can be downloaded here 


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.



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.

Download a copy of the Hamble Rail Trail



The Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Guides

Taking place every Sunday during the Summer months or available as a private walk or tour, visitors can enjoy a variety of walks whilst learning some fascinating facts about the heritage of the area.

Download a copy of the 2014 Walks Programme or find out more about the Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Guides

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.”

Download a copy of The Cobbett Trail



Hamble Valley Official Map

To get the best out of a walk in the Hamble Valley, pick up a copy of the Hamble Valley Official Map which identifies five different walks as well as other main paths and trails through country parks and open spaces, along with other useful information on the attractions and refreshment stops en-route. The map is available throughMapStop as well as venues across the Hamble Valley. For your nearest stockist within the Hamble Valley contact 023 8000 1655

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.