The heart of Solent yachting is in the Hamble. Enjoy famous pubs, river walks and looking at boats, boats, boats!
Deacons Marina is located in Bursledon, once a village and now a quiet suburb of Southampton. A wander round the old village to the Jolly Sailor pub is a 'must do' for all Hamble sailors.
Enjoy a quiet row up the river or wooded waterside walks, or hop on the train to Southampton for up-to-the minute shopping, theatre and restaurants.
Things to do ashore
Stretch your sea legs with some walking. Amble around Old Bursledon admiring the beautiful homes, then settle down at the Jolly Sailor and watch the boating world go by. Cross Bursledon bridge for a longer river walk down the east bank to the Rising Sun at Warsash, or pick-up the Strawberry Trail walk which follows the west bank of the river to Botley. There are more lovely green open spaces at Hamble Common, Holly Hill Woodland Park, Manor Farm country park and Swanwick nature reserve.
Bursledon station is right behind the marina, so hop on the hourly service to Southampton for shopping in West Quay, or take in some culture at the SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery. A wander around the city's ancient walls just south of West Quay is an interesting diversion, with the medieval Merchant's House and several good pubs en route.
Things to do by boat
The Solent provides cruising opportunities whatever the weather and tides. From Hamble you can pop across to Cowes, turn west to Beaulieu, Lymington and Yarmouth, or east to Portsmouth, Bembridge and Chichester.
If the weather doesn't appeal, a gentle trip down the river and back offers ample opportunities to gawp at boats, spot interesting birds (and the occasional seal) and generally people watch.
With the right tides, explore the upper reaches of the Hamble with a dinghy, RIB or canoe. You can get all the way to the Horse and Jockey pub at Curbridge, or pull into the river bank for a picnic. There is all sorts of birdlife to been seen!
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