Southampton walking opportunities

Please see below information about walking groups and opportunities in and around Southampton.

Walking groups

  • Southampton Ramblers - They run regular sessions across Hampshire. Some are shorter walks of 5-6 miles so check their website for an up-to-date calendar of walks.
  • Southampton Orienteers - A group that runs regular sessions across South Hampshire.
  • Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery - Led walks on the Common’s Old Cemetery focusing on both conservation and heritage, as well as information about the area. Check their website for a programme of walks.
  • NCT – if you are looking for a buggy walk or a chance to meet other parents, check their website. They have some walks and may well have members who are interested in starting small groups.
  • Capable Creatures (Facebook page) – This group has started a peer support dog walk for people with mental health issues.
  • Monthly central parks walk - A guided walk to look at the central parks in more detail, including the plants, trees, monuments and flowers. This one hour walk runs on the last Wednesday of every month from March to October. Meet at the Civic Centre fountain at 12.30pm - no need to book.

Health walks

We work with Sustrans and Walking for Health to support a number of walks across Southampton.

You can attend any or all of the following walks:

Mondays at 10am from the Hawthorn Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We stay on the pavements and it’s almost completely off road. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee and a chat at the Hawthorns café. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Moderate one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Mondays at 10.30am from Central Library in the Civic Building. Come and enjoy a gentle walk in good company around the Parks around the City Centre.  Join us for refreshments and a chat in the library afterwards. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start to register. (Gentle pace 45 minute 'Walk and Talk')

Tuesdays at 10.30am from the Shirley Health Centre - a mixed pace walk of about 30 minutes on the pavement on quiet roads. There are some kerbs and roads to cross. It is a great walk for people just beginning to walk to improve their health. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee in the medical centre. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Mixed pace 30 minute 'Get Fit' walk)

Tuesdays at 2pm - stress buster walk from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We walk mostly off-road and return to the Hawthorns café so that people can stay for a social time, afterwards, if they wish. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Brisk one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Thursdays at 10.30am from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We stay on the pavements and it’s completely off road apart from the Cowherds car park and Cemetery Road. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee and a chat at the Hawthorns ca. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Moderate one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Thursdays at 11am from the Weston Lane Healthy Living Centre - a walk that lasts about 50 minutes, including a 5 minute break at the seats on Weston Shore to admire the view. Going at a gentle pace (or slightly faster), this walk is designed for people just beginning to use walking as a way to improve their health. We'll stay on pavements and paths, and can adjust the route to suit the participants. We'll have a tea or coffee back at the community room at the Weston Lane surgery. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the leader and register. (Mixed pace 50 minute 'Get Fit' walk)

Sundays at 2pm from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a good walk in good company that lasts just under an hour. We walk mostly off-road and return to the Hawthorns café so that people can stay around for a chat afterwards, if they wish. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Fairly brisk one hour ‘Social’ walk)

Health Walk Leaders

We couldn’t run the Health Walks without the support of our volunteers. If you would like to be a walk leader, contact us at activetravel@myjourneysouthampton.com or on 023 8083 4219 for more information on how you could help lead or support regular walks - we ask for at least one session a month. We have walk leader training workshops regularly and we give support with running your own walk or finding a walk for you to support. We've also helped a number of partnering organisations to set up walks that meet the needs of their clients. What makes a great walk leader? See the Walking for Health role description.

Other resources for walking in Southampton

Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust - Find events and walks in your local nature reserves.

Visit Southampton - For information on local walks and tours.

Friends of Weston Shore - For information, events and updates about Weston Shore.

Friends of Riverside Park - For information, events and updates about Riverside Park.

Maps

Map of parks and greenways

Map of public rights of way in Southampton

Riverside map

Southampton’s greenways

Recommended places to walk

Southampton Old Town - Follow England's well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling and step back in time to find out more about Southampton's Old Town. 

QE2 Mile - The QE2 Mile is the pedestrian route that runs through the heart of the city from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay. It links the city’s parks, new cultural quarter, shopping high street, old town and our waterfront. It is the most visited part of the city and has many historical features, the Cenotaph, Titanic memorial, Holy Rood church and the famous Bargate. The QE2 mile is at the economic heart of the city, with more businesses along its route than anywhere else in Southampton. 

Titanic Trail - The trail takes you around some of the memorials and locations associated with Titanic. 

Southampton to Hamble-le-Rice - A 7 mile walk starting from Town Quay, heading across Itchen Bridge and following the coast all the way to Hamble-le-Rice, passing through Royal Victoria Country park en route.

Chessel Bay Nature Reserve - A natural shoreline on the eastern bank of the River Itchen, south of Northam Bridge - home to an abundance of birds and wildlife.

Go Jauntly - The Go Jauntly walking app has an inspiring collection of beautiful walks to help you discover the benefits of walking and explore more of your local area on foot. Download the app from Google Play or the App Store or click here to find out more.

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