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Best trails in Southampton

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Looking for a great trail near Southampton, Hampshire? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in New Forest National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Bambridge Park Garden Centre or Ashe Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 28 easy trails in Southampton ranging from 0.8 to 7.3 miles and from 26 to 344 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Southampton
Top trails (40)
#1 - Test Way and Testwood Lakes
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
WARNING: The walk includes a boardwalk and is subject to tides and flooding, so it is best to check the Southampton tide times before setting out. This circular walk in Hampshire encompasses the lower part of the Test Way and Testwood Lakes between the M27 motorway and the highly industrialised suburb of Totton - not a very promising area for a nature walk you might think. Nevertheless, despite the surrounding urbanisation, Test Way is relatively unchanged and Testwood Lakes is a well managed nature reserve and a natural haven for wildlife. There is a busy year-round programme of activities and events for adults and children at the Testwood Lakes Centre. The walk will take you along and across two rivers: the River Test and the River Blackwater. Test Way is a 44 mile long route along the River Test which starts at Inkpen Beacon and ends at Eling Wharf just beyond Totton. The centre's opening hours are 1-4pm (summer) and 12-3pm (winter). Parking and access to the lakes is available 8am-6pm in the summer and 8am-4pm in the winter, but if you are walking the entire circular route and want unlimited parking you might prefer to park at B&Q in Nursling (which is how this walking guide is described). Dogs are allowed on the reserve but not inside Testwood Lakes Centre itself. The walk is flat but the wetland sections can become boggy in winter so stout footwear is recommended. There are several stiles and kissing gates and you will pass livestock (ponies and cattle) grazing in the fields. Allow 2-2.5 hours for the entire walk, although it is also possible to split it into 2 shorter circular routes. Show more
#2 - South Downs Way: Exton to Buriton
South Downs National Park
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 39 m
This section is from Exton to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park on the A3.Show more
#3 - Botley, Durley Mill and Botley Quay
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
#4 - Hamble Ramble
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
This relatively easy walk belies its length 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. Show more
#5 - Meon Valley Loop
South Downs National Park
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Length: 24.8 mi • Est. 11 h 46 m
#6 - Eling Marsh Circular
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#7 - Rownhams Wood and Chilworth Conservation Area
Chilworth Conservation Area
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
As of July 2020 this trail is closed by the forestry commission due to work being completed in the forest. A circular trail in Hampshire, from Rownhams Wood to Chilworth and back. This is a beautiful woodland walk within easy reach for the locals and visitors alike, due to its proximity to the M27, but it does suffer a bit from motorway noise, particularly at the Rownhams end. The route takes you first through Forestry Commission land and then past Chilworth Golf Course. Chilworth Conservation Area is in the old grounds of Chilworth Manor and well worth a wander round. The route back takes you through the Southampton University Science Park. There is an extra loop at Tanner's Brook on the return leg, but the further south you are, the nearer you are to the motorway, so if you are sensitive to road noise you may want to skip this and just head back the way you came. The walk is generally flat with a few inclines as you near Chilworth. There are no stiles or gates and dogs are welcome in the conservation area as long as they are under control. The paths through Rownhams Wood can get a bit boggy, so wellies or stout walking boots are recommended. In the conservation area the paths are narrow and not signed so not always easy to follow. There are numerous narrow plank bridges over streams in the conservation area so you should not get wet feet here. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1.5 hours.Show more
#8 - New Forest: Cadnam to Brockenhurst Loop
New Forest National Park
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Length: 21.6 mi
#9 - Southampton Old Town Walls
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
This Old Town Walk is a pleasant way to explore the historical parts of the city of Southampton in Hampshire. The Old Town has over 90 listed buildings and more than 30 ancient monuments, with medieval wine vaults, an array of medieval churches, and fine Georgian houses and hotels. Southampton (home of the Spitfire) was devastated by bomb damage during WW2, when German bombers sought to destroy the factories where Spitfires were made. The extensive rebuilding which has taken place in the city since, is very mixed in style. This has resulted in a landscape where the ultra-modern sometimes sits alongside the ancient and which generates a correspondingly mixed response: some people love it, others loathe it. The walk around the Old Town is all on pavement. There are some steps and other high points you can climb up to but these are all optional. Allow about 1.5 hours for the walk and maybe give yourself some extra time so you can call in at one of the cafes or restaurants for some refreshment en route. Show more
#10 - Manor Farm
Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
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