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Hamble Ramble

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Hamble Ramble
Author: NickC, Published: 03 Jul 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Hampshire, Southampton Water
Walk Type: Coastal
Hamble Ramble
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This relatively easy walk belies its six miles and takes in both pretty villages (Old Burleston and Hamble) at the start, and some great coastal views out over the River Hamble later on. The walk is circular, but ferry-dependent, so check out the operating times given in Section 2. There's an option to take coffee or something stronger at the Jolly Sailor pub near the start (a short detour), and further watering opportunities in Hamble and towards the end of the walk, but given the wide open vistas and opportunities to take in bracing sea air, why not take a picnic?

Children in particular will love the Hamble Ferry, a short (five minute) hop over the water, a journey that nicely delineates the two parts of the walk. Along the latter stretch look out for fish life trapped by the tide in the mudflats and for the wrecks of old ships, similarly ensnared, albeit for longer. Allow two and a half hours for the walk, maybe a bit longer if you have to wait for the ferry, although the service is pretty regular.

It's reasonable to say this is probably a fair weather walk, although one that offers different versions of itself depending on the time of year and the state of the tide.

Park in the (free) car park at Burlesdon railway station off the A27 in Burlesdon (postcode: SO31 8AA). Alternatively, arrive by rail, with the station accessible from Portsmouth and Southampton and stops in between.

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Walk Sections

Start to Railway
Start to Railway

Start point: 50.8838 lat, -1.3052 long
End point: 50.8741 lat, -1.321 long

With the station behind you, head for the footpath to the right in the car park, signposted to the Jolly Sailor pub. Climb a steep path amongst trees, emerging onto a road where you need to bear left to find the Jolly Sailor, also on your left. Although you've only just started, this detour is worth it for the views over the Hamble from the decking here, with the pub also famous for its connections with the TV Series 'Howards Way'.

On leaving the pub, retrace your steps and fork left into Burlesdon High Street. Continue down this, bearing left at the telephone box, passing the Vine Inn on your left. At a right bend, where the road becomes Kew Lane, head left by the Thatched Cottage, following a footpath on the right. Stay with this until you emerge onto a metalled road (Hungerford). Continue along this for a short time, maintaining your direction onto a footpath just as the road bears to the right. Follow this path through woodland as it heads south east (left) and over a railway.

Railway to Hamble Ferry
Railway to Hamble Ferry

Start point: 50.8741 lat, -1.321 long
End point: 50.858 lat, -1.3119 long

Continue with the path until you meet a bend in Setchell Lane, where you maintain your direction (south). Stay with the lane is it bends to the left and shortly after this pick up the footpath on the right, with open land to the right and, after a while, the backs of houses to the left. Stay with this until you come to Hamble High Street (B3397), where you head left.

Turn right at the junction with The Quay, passing the Victory Inn, until you reach a car park. Here you will happen upon the Hamble Lifeboat station and some public conveniences. Head left towards the water and left again to the Ferry landing stage. If you are lucky there will be no queue for the Ferry, but even if there is the service is pretty regular (Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm, weather permitting).

Hamble Ferry to Wreck
Hamble Ferry to Wreck

Start point: 50.858 lat, -1.3119 long
End point: 50.8715 lat, -1.3057 long

The ferry will take you across the water to Warsash, where, according to the state of the tide you will either walk along a seaweed covered jetty or land on 'the hard', the concrete wharf. From here on the route is pretty difficult to get wrong, just so long as you get this bit right. Looking at the brightly painted pink/purple ferry shelter, head left, following the clearly defined path, popular with walkers and dog-walkers. Look out for sealife in the mudflats and head for the wrecks on either side of the path.

Wreck to Bridge Approach
Wreck to Bridge Approach

Start point: 50.8715 lat, -1.3057 long
End point: 50.8822 lat, -1.2974 long

Stay with the path until you reach a boatyard, which you pass right through, picking up the path on the other side. There is a cafe here, but it operates mercurial opening times.

Continue with the path, passing Victory Cottages on your right as you approach another boatyard. These cottages were built in the late 18th century to house shipyard workers during the Napoleonic Wars. This area has been famous for naval boat building for centuries, with perhaps the most famous boat built here being Henry V's Grace Dieu, built in the 15th century. It was from Hamble Common that Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose.

Pass the second boatyard to emerge onto the A27, where you head left (although there is a pub fifty yards to the right if you need refreshment).

Bridge Approach to End
Bridge Approach to End

Start point: 50.8822 lat, -1.2974 long
End point: 50.8838 lat, -1.3053 long

Stay with the main road, with signs for the Burlesdon Brickworks, the last example of a steam driven brickworks in the country, and a Chinese Restaurant both on your right, with the latter the other side of the bridge. Behind the restaurant it is possible to buy freshly caught fish and a sign usually says what's on offer.

Head up to the turning on the left on the other side of the bridge (Station Lane), and follow this, bearing left again back down to the station and the start point for the walk.

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4 comments for "Hamble Ramble"

Enjoyed the ferry ride. There was a little bit of the route where you need to walk on a fairly busy road with some blind corners.

By ibumtigers on 07 Oct 2014

Toni Ryan: Thanks so much to the person who added the Hamble Ramble, I had a great walk with my dog in the sunshine today. We were supposed to go to the beach but chose this instead due to traffic, so glad I did; it was perfect and so scenic.

By Facebook on 15 Aug 2016

Samantha Bridge: We absolutely loved this one

By Facebook on 15 Aug 2016

Gina Hall: Thanks to Toni Ryan for posting photos of the Hamble Ramble. Prompted my husband and I to do it today. Different scenery as tide was out and really enjoyed it.

By Facebook on 15 Aug 2016

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