Southampton walking opportunities

Health walks

We work with Sustrans to support the following walks across Southampton.

** Under current COVID-19 guidance from the UK government that outdoor sport can resume from 29th March, walks can resume with maximum 6 participants. However, our Health walks are volunteer led and many volunteers have opted to start later in the year. Once the programme resumes, we will update our Events pages which you can access here. **

(From 7th June) Mondays at 10.30am from in front of the Central Library entrance in the Civic Building. Come and enjoy a gentle walk in good company around the Parks around the City Centre.  New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start to register. (Gentle pace 45 minute 'Walk and Talk')

(From 27th May) Thursdays at 11am from the cafe at Weston Parade - a walk that lasts about 50 minutes, including a 5 minute break, along 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. Some of us stay for refreshments and a chat at the café after the walk. 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)

Health Walk Leaders

The Health Walks couldn't run without the support of volunteers. Sustrans run walk leader training workshops and give support with running your own walk or finding a walk for you to support.

The next course will take place 14 June 2021 in Southampton and Sustrans are actively seeking new volunteer walk leaders. The course consists of a ½ day's worth of training. It will give you the skills and confidence to organise and lead your own walk. From then on you’ll have the support of the Sustrans Volunteer Co-ordinator, plus the other local Walk Leaders. Please see the PDF at the bottom of the page for a description of what to expect as a volunteer walk leader.

If you would like to be a walk leader, contact us at activetravel@myjourneysouthampton.com or on 02380 83 4765 for more information on how you could help lead or support regular walks - we ask for at least one session a month. Sustrans also support a number of partnering organisations to set up walks that meet the needs of their clients.

Walking groups

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

** We recommend visiting the websites listed below for details of changes to individual walking programmes as a result of Covid-19. **

  • 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.

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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