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Itchen Valley Country Park

LOCALITY: Southampton, Hampshire
DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (2.41 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: New Forest

Walk description:

After leaving the M27 at Junction 5, follow the brown signs to Itchen Valley Park. The address is Allington Lane, West End, Southampton SO30 3HQ

Itchen Valley Park has over 400 acres of meadows and woodland to explore and is an ideal place for all the family. There is ample parking, and there are parking spaces for the disabled by the Visitor Centre. There is a minimal charge for parking.

There are several trails to follow, including a play trail. Some of which are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. It is worth going and exploring.

Stout footwear is recommended, and in winter Wellington boots are advisable as the Park is prone to flooding.

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead, except at High Hill Field. High Hill Field is ideal for ball games, barbeques, and group activities. It also has an adventure area for the under twelves.

Behind the Visitor Centre is a play area for the under nines, toilets and a picnic area. There are also two permanent barbeques, which are available for hire.

Additional notes:

There is an electric sccoter which can be hired from the visitor centre.

The park is open from 8.30am daily until 7.00pm, this is extended to 9.30pm in the summer time.

There is a cafe which has a variety of hot and cold snacks, this is not open every day.

Although there is no admission fee to the country park you will need to take change for the car park. For current charges and more information about the country park and facilities please visit

15/10/2007 | Walk posted by Admin Team

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Well worth a visit

11/07/2010 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

This is a lovely well kept park, which is well worth a visit. You can buy a trail guide from the Visitor
Centre for a minimal fee. The trails are marked by arrows on posts, and are made up of compact paths. The park
is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.