Where to walk in Southampton

There's a wealth of research that shows that walking is good for you and the results are impressive. Building walking into your daily routine can lead to major reductions in diabetes and heart disease, decreases in high blood pressure, increases in bone density, and many more benefits to your health.

Please see below information about walks in and around the Southampton area.

Map of parks and greenways

Map of public rights of way in Southampton

Friends of Riverside Park

Riverside map

Southampton’s greenways

Health walks

Sustrans and Walking for Health walks

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

Hawthorns Centre, Southampton - walks run every week on the following days:

  • Monday: 10am
  • Tuesday: 2pm
  • Thursday: 10.30am
  • Sunday: 10am and 2pm

Central Library - every Monday at 10.30am in partnership with Macmillan

Shirley Health Centre - every Tuesday at 10.30am

Weston Lane Healthy Living Centre - every Thursday at 11am

More information on all of the above walks.

Other resources for walks in Southampton

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

Visit Southampton - see what walks and tours are scheduled

  • 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 that was bombed in the war, and the famous Bargate stands at its centre. The QE2 mile is 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 – 7mi

Friends of Weston Shore

Chessel Bay Nature Reserve

Want to go further afield? There is also plenty of walking to be done in Portsmouth and all across Hampshire. For Hampshire routes and groups, see the My Journey Hampshire page. For Portsmouth, see the My Journey Portsmouth page.