The best bluebell woods in Hampshire

Read on to find out five woods where you can see amazing displays of bluebells in Hampshire. Includes locations and walks in the South Downs and New Forest national parks plus directions.

You know summer is well and truly on its way when you peek into the woods to see streaks of sunlight shining down onto a carpet of bluebells.

Thanks to a mild winter and a lot of early spring rain, bluebells have bloomed early again this year.… Read more

Six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire

Read on to discover six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire. I’ve included detailed descriptions, maps and where to get refreshments along the way.

With its pretty villages, chalk streams, rolling downland, wide valleys and ancient forests, south-east Hampshire is a great place to go for a walk on a crisp, clear winter’s day. Especially if you finish up warming up with a cake in a cafe or with a beer by a roaring fire in a pub.… Read more

Dog-friendly pubs in Southampton

This is an ever-growing list of dog-friendly pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Southampton and the surrounding area. Includes a description of each pub, plus where to find them.

Last updated: 30 August 2016

With hundreds of acres of green spaces, four city parks recently named among the top parks in the UK and the New Forest and South Downs National Parks in easy reach, Southampton is a great place for dog owners.… Read more

Walking the Itchen Way river footpath from Southampton to Hinton Ampner

I walked the length of the 30-mile River Itchen along the Itchen Way to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – a scheme that helps dogs whose owners are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Find out how I fared (and feel free to sponsor me).

It was probably the worst day of the summer to attempt to walk along the Itchen Way – the long-distance footpath that follows the route of the River Itchen for around 30 miles from Southampton to Hinton Ampner, between Petersfield and Winchester.… Read more

Long distance walking training – 10 things I’ve learnt so far

It’s been five weeks since I decided to walk the length of the River Itchen. Now it’s only two weeks until the big day on Thursday 23 June.

Fortunately, my preparations are going well. I’ve managed to do several long distance training walks to build up my stamina including a couple of 18-mile walks and a 25 miler. Plus I’ve chosen a charity – the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – to raise some money for.… Read more

Walking the Solent Way from Gosport to Bursledon via Lee-on-the-Solent and Warsash

The things people don’t tell you about walking because it’s obvious and only an idiot wouldn’t know, number one: hiking on a beach is hard work.

I say this because I’m used to footpaths being, well, paths.

Not so the Solent Way between Gosport and Warsash in Hampshire, which I walked with Tilly a couple of weeks ago in preparation for walking the River Itchen in the summer.… Read more