Walk from Bursledon to Manor Farm Country Park
Trust volunteer Richard Wyatt, has produced this excellent series of short audio guides/podcasts to be enjoyed as you walk along the River Hamble. The files can be freely downloaded (see below) and listened to on an MP3 player. Richard's commentary, with occasional snippets from Trust staff, provides fascinating insights into the history of the area and tells the story behind some of the vessels that have been abandoned on the River Hamble's foreshore.
The walk starts at Bursledon Station, which has a free car park. If you are arriving by bus (FirstBus services 4, 4A and X4 between Southampton and Fareham/Gosport pass along the main road) there is a stop at Blundell Lane; just walk up the lane until you are away from the traffic noise.
The walk is flat and follows the edge of the river. From Bursledon to the motorway, it follows a surfaced road. There are then two stiles followed by a walk across a field, then another stile before entering Manor Farm Country Park. The designed walk has one steep section at the end. If you plan on walking further within the park, the paths are well-maintained but steep in places. At a normal walking pace, it should take you about 45 minutes, including listening to the commentary. There are 8 commentary points on the route, varying from 1 minute to 5 ½ minutes. Each piece of commentary ends with concise instructions on how to get to the next point, before you play the following track.
Before you leave home
Check on the tide times at the UK Hydrographic Office. The lower the tide, the more you can see.
Have a look, too, at the Manor Farm website. You might decide to make a day of it.
Pack the binoculars. There's wildlife out there, too!
Bring sturdy shoes. Remember that if you park a car at the station, you'll probably be walking back, too. Parts of the walk can be muddy after heavy or prolonged rain.
There are no shops on the route, so bring some nibbles and something to drink.
Listening to the mp3 files
You can listen to the audio tour on your computer (or from a phone browser!) by using the player below.
To save the mp3 files onto your MP3 player (so you can listen to them as you do the walk):