BWF PT No: 244 - 12km

Walk Organisers: Rene and David Pilbeam,172 Salisbury Road, Totton, Hants, SO40 3LQ.

Tel: 02380 863338, Email:

Walk Fee: £1.00. Embroidered badge available £2. Cheques made payable to Amesbury Walkers.

Start: Crosshouse Long Stay Pay & Display Car Park, SO14 5GZ [GR Map OL22  431113].

Alternative starting at places highlighted in red.

Route Directions

With the Itchen Road Bridge on the left, exit car park along Crosshouse Road, past BTC Rowing Club to main road and turn left into Canute Rd. Shortly, turn left into Channel Way. Follow round to enter OCEAN VILLAGE MARINA through gateway on your right. Pass the SOUTHAMPTON ROYAL YACHT CLUB to follow Marina to road. Turn right and cross to FERRY HOUSE. Before turning left into Canute Road…

Q1. Opposite at Canute House, what year did Canute Reprove his Courtiers?

Turn left into Canute Road, continuing ahead.  At entrance to Dock Gate 4 cross at Pelican crossing and enter park. At cross paths turn left to Monument. From behind the Monument take the left-hand path. Cross at Pelican crossing and continue past the ‘WORLDS OLDEST BOWLING GREEN’. Circa 1299. Continue ahead and go left of God’s House Tower past the Platform Tavern and continue to traffic lights. Cross over into TOWN QUAY past the Red Funnel Terminal on right (Toilets Inside).

Stroll along TOWN QUAY and through the Hythe Ferry Terminal pausing to view Southampton’s Ocean Terminal to the left. Continue around end of terminal then walk back along pavement back to the Pelican crossing at main road. Cross back to other side and turn left. Continue ahead crossing over end of High Street turn right and immediately left into Porters Lane.

Continue ahead past The Old Wool House and turn right into Bugle Street. Go past SOUTHAMPTON REGISTRY OFFICE and the DUKE of WELLINGTON PH. Just past public house, on right, was the house of the Senior Fifth Engineer who perished on the Titanic.

Q2.  What was his name?

Continue ahead to The Tudor House Museum and Cafe.  Opposite Tudor House is St Michael’s Church. Go to the right of the Church into Castle Way and turn right. At the MEDIEVAL MERCHANT’S HOUSE cross over road and walk through paved area between flats to end. Turn right into High Street (You are now on what’s known as the QE11 Mile). Continue straight on to bus stop where you turn right into TOWN QUAY PARK. Follow path around to the right then straight on to cross road. Go up steps over grassy mound.  

Cross over end of French Street and with KUTI’S Brasserie on left, cross over Bugle Street. After the white Solent House, take steps up Cuckoo Lane. Turn right up slope to enter small park. With the MAYFLOWER MEMORIAL to the left, walk straight on until you cross concrete bridge and along walkway overlooking MAYFLOWER PARK. Descend steps and continue ahead to pass WESTGATE HALL and turn left through arch.

Turn right and take second turning right into Simnel Street. At top, facing THE TITANIC PH, turn left into Upper Bugle Street. After 50m take a look at the beautiful Mural on wall in Hamtun Street.

Q3. On Mural, what is the Sheep standing on?

Retrace steps back to Upper Bugle St and turn right. Continue along Upper Bugle Street to Castle Street. After the JUNIPER BERRY PH turn left into Cement Terrace and right through gate in railings.*  (If gate is locked, go back past Public House, keeping left, and turn left into Maddison street, through arch into car park to find the “Walk the walls sign”)                        

At end, opposite Masonic Hall, follow the ‘WALK THE WALLS’ sign straight on, past the CATCHCOLD TOWER, to climb the metal steps. Walk along the top of the old walls, descend steps at other end and turn left into street. Turn Right and cross main road and then turn Left. Continue ahead to main road and cross to WEST QUAY CENTRE.

Follow walkway around to the left of M & S to reach and cross the second raised walk way over to car park. Descend stairwell, behind pay machine on right, to level 1 and exit left.

Follow pavement past all the shops on left and NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH STATION on right to the second Pelican crossing. Cross and enter car park, following path to exit left to main road. Cross Pelican crossing and ascend steps to SOUTHAMPTON CENTRAL RAIL STATION.

At bottom, ahead a few steps and enter BLECHYNDEN TERRACE GARDENS on right.

Q4. On Plaque in gardens Name the Mineral Drinks Co of the 1890’s.

Follow path to end and exit park. Turn right and bear right up Kingsbridge lane to city Centre. At top turn left in front of BBC Radio Station to traffic lights. Cross over to Clock Tower side and carry straight on along path to pass the new TITANIC MUSEUM. [Well worth a visit if time allows!] Go straight on to the Fountain outside the CITY ART MUSEUM and LIBRARY

From the Fountain continue ahead and turn right into West Marlands Road to visit GUILDHALL SQUARE. Retrace steps back to Fountain and cross into WATTS PARK, heading for the statue of Isaac Watts. Take the right-hand path to the WAR MEMORIAL.

Cross over main road in front of WAR MEMORIAL and turn left to the OLD TITANIC MEMORIAL.  Enter ANDREWS WEST PARK and take path into rockery garden ahead left. Exit garden towards the QUEENS PEACE FOUNTAIN. From the tranquil waters of the fountain follow the path straight through the parks, past tennis courts, crazy golf and cafe. Straight on, crossing two roads, to end of parks by the WILLIAM CHAMBERLAYNE GIFT MEMORIAL.

Exit parkcross straight over 'Hanover Buildings' and turn rightWalk ahead to top and turn left to find the historic SOUTHAMPTON CITY BARGATEAll the Kings and Queens of England including Queen Elizabeth ll   have passed through the arch of the Bargate. Go through archway, you are now back on the QE2 mileNotice descriptive plaques in the pavement along your wayContinue ahead to the STAR HOTEL. On reaching the Dolphin Hotel a little further on……

Q5. How many gold hinges are there on the Wine Cellar Doors?

Carry on to the HOLYROOD CHURCH 1320, restored in 1957 as a memorial to Merchant Navy Seafarers. Outside is the 13-ton Anchor from the QE2, gifted back to Southampton by The Dubai Royal Family and Cunard.

Continue ahead along the QE2 Mile. Cross over Bernard Street to turn next left into Briton Street. After 150m cross and take the walkway to the left of Friary House, known as Back of the Walls, continuing to end. Turn right after MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY. See if you can find any strange faces on the walls and signs just along here for about 15 mtrs. On right near end of street is God’s House Almshouses.

Q6. Who’s Chapel is it?

At end, turn left and left again to retrace your steps back around Old Bowling Green, along Orchard Place, cross Briton Street and straight on. Turn right into Oxford Street and continue straight on to the London Hotel on left, turn left into Terminus Terrace. Ahead, cross Bernard Street and continue to second set of No Entry signs and cross to other side. Continue right to end and cross straight over WITH CARE!

Turn right to Chantry Footbridge over the railway and ahead to enter Basepoint Business Centre. Ahead through underpass, up slope by Cycle Route 2 sign. Straight on over Canute Road and follow Crosshouse Road back to car park.

Well done! We hope you enjoyed your walk and visit to Southampton. Please come again.

[NB When walked in Spring and Summer this walk is brightened by all the flowers in the parks!]

Route updated 20 January 2019