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Getting to and from the River Hamble Games

Driving: To Hamble village take Junction 8 off the M27 (Windhover Roundabout) which is approximately 10 minutes depending on traffic into the village of Hamble where parking is available in the Donkey Derby Field and at other locations in the village.

To Warsash village take Junction 9 off the M27 taking the A27 towards the River Hamble taking the left hand turn down Brook Lane into Warsash. Parking is limited but there are two car parks close to the water and the start of the competitions.

Train: There is a Train station in Hamble, please check with the Trainline website or similar for times and if walking leave about 30 minutes to walk to Hamble Foreshore.

Please allow time to walk from whatever area you have parked in. Parking in both villages is limited if you come by car PLEASE CAR SHARE WHERE POSSIBLE.

Getting across the river

The Hamble-Warsash “Pink Ferry” will be running as usual between the ferry pontoon at Hamble Quay and the pink ferry hut on the Warsash side of the river. The charge for an adult is £1.50

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The River

The River Hamble is a busy and beautiful stretch of water that rises near Bishop’s Waltham and flows for some 7.5 miles (12 km) through Botley, Bursledon and Swanwick before entering Southampton Water near Hamble-le-Rice and Warsash. It boast a rich ship-building history, including the Elephant Boatyard in Bursledon, which is still in operation today. Thousands of boats – large and small – are moored along the river which provides easy access to the nautical playground of The Solent.

If you’re not on the water, you can enjoy beautiful river walks, as the easily identifiable pink Hamble-Warsash ferry makes it’s easy to do a circular walk that takes in Hamble, Burslesdon, Swanwick, and Warsash. Bird watching is a popular pastime with many beautiful and rare birds living along its shores. And with plenty of pubs and marinas along the way, there’s no shortage of watering holes and eateries to choose from.

The river was put on the entertainment map in the 1980s as the location for Howard’s Way. Places like the famous Jolly Sailor pub where Jack Rolf enjoyed a pint or two and the prominent black and white Harbour Master’s offices in Warsash, ensured this popular series gave viewers plenty of River Hamble scenery to enjoy that you can still enjoy today!

The River Hamble is an all year round destination for residents and tourists alike. From quaint villages, yacht clubs, marinas and shops to walking, bird-watching and all manner of boating fun, it really is a river for everyone to enjoy.