Almost every Saturday during term time the Club has a walk in the local area. Day walks are great fun and don't require a membership - you don't even need to be part of the uni! The only cost is your lunch and the cost of your rail ticket for the day.
Typically the ticket costs are between £5 and £15 with a student railcard.
Details of the daywalk are emailed out to everyone on the club mailing list and Facebook page some time the week before.
Tap the location names below for info and photos of previous walk areas:
The New Forest National Park is a unique area of woodland and heathland, one of the oldest continuously managed areas of land in the country! (The name is no longer accurate!)
Most beautiful in autumn, when the heathers turn purple and the trees yellow, the Forest is a popular place for club walks as it's only fifteen minutes from Southampton and is populated by plenty of friendly ponies!
One of our most popular walking destinations, the Isle of Wight is home to some truly spectacular scenery, including the Needles rock formation and the impresssive Tennyson Down, a hill with rewarding views. Just a quick hop over the Solent on a ferry, we usually feature the island amongst our first walks in the academic year, giving you a flavour of what the club is about!
Salisbury is one of our local cathedral cities (famous for its spire, among other things!). It's situated on the banks of the River Avon close to Old Sarum, Stonehenge and the Ebble Valley. Walks around Salisbury might head to the south via the racecourse, the north along the river or both. We have also walked to Salisbury from Southampton as a marathon walk.
Chichester is a south coast market city full of history from the Stone Age, through to the Roman and Medieval eras. It serves as a gateway to Chichester Harbour, (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the South Downs to the North and Arundel to the east.
The South Downs is Britain's newest National Park, a long ridgeline surrounded by quiet and pleasant woodlands, farmland and quintessentially British countryside.
It's a dark sky reserve and easily accessible from towns such as Winchester, Petersfield and Chichester. A club favourite.
Abutting the western end of the South Downs, Winchester is a delightful little city, and (along with Salisbury) has held the title of the best place to live in Britain! The former capital of England is filled with history and charm, with its annual Fireworks show and Christmas market routinely included on club events! Like the New Forest, it's only a 15 minute train journey from Southampton which makes it a perfect walking spot!
Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast form the first part of the South West coast and are possibly the most beautiful of all our day walk destinations.
It's a bit of a journey to get to them but when you do you get to visit Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks among hills and sandy heaths.
For our Day Walks, you can pack light! Below is what we need you to bring:
*By 'sturdy shoes', we mean footwear that you are happy to get muddy, with sufficient grip on the soles. If in doubt, walking shoes/boots are available from sports wear shops such as Decathlon and Go Outdoors in Southampton for very reasonable prices. Inevitably, someone (or many people) will turn up with inappropriate footwear and have less fun on the walk as a result. Don't let that be you -it also frustrates us! Ask us if you're not sure :)
The tool below allows you to look at routes the committee have stored on this website.