Autumn walking breaks in Southampton

Southampton is a great location to base yourself for autumn walking breaks. Filled with its own plentiful green space and waterfront strolls, Southampton is also the gateway to some of the most beautiful walks on the south coast.

A short journey across the water by Hythe Ferry, or 20-30 minute drive by bus or car, and you are in the New Forest National Park. A stunning location filled with forest and heathland walks, famous for its free-roaming ponies and cows. During the autumn months you may even see pigs wandering freely during pannage, an annual event where pigs are set free in the forest to eat the acorns poisonous to the horses. Find out more about the New Forest.

Autumn Walking Breaks in Southampton
The New forest

Head east of Southampton and you’ll discover Hamble Valley with its strawberry trail and coastal walks. Find your way through cobbled streets and enjoy the scenic views across the water. The Strawberry Trail is a figure of eight walking path in the Hamble River Valley. Starting from Botley the first loop heads north west to the edge of Eastleigh before returning via the Itchen Valley Country Park and Manor Farm Country Park. Find out more about the Strawberry Trail.

To the west of Southampton the wonderful Test Valley is filled with picturesque walks and ambles. The River Test meanders through the centre of the region providing over 25 miles of riverside walks. Discover beautiful thatched cottages, endless fields, and trickling streams brimming with wildlife as you follow the trail. Find out more about Test Valley.

Autumn Walking Breaks in Southampton
Test Valley

Just a short ferry trip from Southampton and you’re on the Isle of Wight. Simply hop on the Red Funnel Red Jet or Car Ferry and discover a walkers paradise. Whether you like the challenge of rolling hills or stunning cliffside paths with breathtaking views, the island has it all and more. Find out more about the Isle of Wight.

Found your perfect walk? Now find the perfect base. Choose from a wide selection of Southampton hotels, suiting all budgets and style of stay, so you can relax and unwind after a refreshing days walk and make the most of your autumn walking breaks in Southampton.