Hedge End Parks & Open Spaces
Thanks to Eastleigh Borough Council's policy of devolving many items of local concern to parish and town councils, Hedge End Town Council, with its team of ground staff, now looks after most of the public open space in Hedge End.
The most recent acquisition is the beautiful new 16-acre park at Dowds Farm, complete with its substantial lake. It has just emerged from the first growing season for many of its plants and it is already starting to look quite mature.
Nearby Grange Park has an extensive network of walks and cycleways, including one along the railway line. It also has a walk from Lakeside to the recreation ground at Woodhouse Lane.
Central Hedge End also has a network of walks. One route connects Greta Park with Turnpike Way and Bridget Mary Gardens.
In the south, there is some lovely walking to be had in the Manor Farm Country Park, which starts at the edge of town and extends along the River Hamble. We are also fortunate to have Itchen Valley Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park only a short drive or cycle away.
Explore Bridget Mary, Dowd's Fram and Wildern Local Nature Reserve in more detail below.
Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Walks - Northern Hedge End
A 2 hour 'dry paths' walk around northern Hedge End has been kindly created by Eric Reed. The walk begins at Hedge End Railway Station. Shamblehurst Lane, Maunsell Way, White's Way, Dowd's Farm Park. (Click image to open pdf)
For more details of Sunday Guided Walks visit: www.hamblevalleyheritage.co.uk