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Suburban Safari: Pine Walk    

Suburban Safari: Pine Walk    

by Katie Isham. September is a busy time. Everyone has so many things to do yet the days are dwindling to do them in. So join me this week for a power walk though some pines. But just because it’s a shorter walk, doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting or important. Sometimes, we need that
Walk: The Itchen Navigation, Shawford Station to Winchester

Walk: The Itchen Navigation, Shawford Station to Winchester

by Nathan Goldsmith. As summer turns to autumn, I take on the third and final part of the Itchen Navigation from Southampton to Winchester (parts 1 and 2 here and here). This part of the walk is the shortest (around 4 miles) and begins from Shawford Station, following the route from Shawford Down to Twyford
Column: Vienna to Southampton – the necessary conquest on two wheels

Column: Vienna to Southampton – the necessary conquest on two wheels

by Anna-Maria Bauer. They say you never unlearn how to ride a bike. Maybe that is because most people, once they know how, don’t let nine years go by before they get back on the saddle. Nine years? Well, I blame it on the Vespa. She says it was convenience.  The handlebars are too flexible,
Suburban Safari: Fish and Ships on the Sea Wall

Suburban Safari: Fish and Ships on the Sea Wall

by Katie Isham. Guys, I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but I think autumn is upon us. The days are dwindling, the blackberries are plumping and the schools are back in session. I know it’s been particularly hot this week, but don’t let that fool you: that mercury is about to drop. So I say,
Suburban Safari: Eling Loop  

Suburban Safari: Eling Loop  

by Katie Isham. If you’ve followed these Suburban Safaris for any distance, you’ll know I have a fondness for the friendless. Of course I love a picture postcard view and a garden in splendid bloom. But I often find the real jewel in the ugly. Or what may be considered “ugly”.  Now, don’t get me
Suburban Safari: The Secret Garden 

Suburban Safari: The Secret Garden 

by Katie Isham. If I told you that this Suburban Safari visits Valley Gardens, would you know where we are? I’m not sure many residents of Southampton could point it out on a map. But I guess that’s the thing with secrets; there’s always an element of secrecy.  Small disclaimer – Southampton University, please don’t
Walk: The Itchen Navigation, Shawford Down

Walk: The Itchen Navigation, Shawford Down

by Nathan Goldsmith. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Brighton – where my partner lives – and the New Forest – where I work – recently, and so coming back to Southampton to stretch my legs when I get a chance feels like a real treat. Following on from my previous column (Walk:
Suburban Safari: Town Quay: From Park to Pier 

Suburban Safari: Town Quay: From Park to Pier 

by Katie Isham. Parks and boats are a staple of life in Southampton. This wander will show you the best the city centre has to offer. No longer must you choose between waves and flowers. Here you can enjoy both. With a bonus of some historical sights as well.  Sandwiched between the High Street and
Suburban Safari: Peartree Pollinators     

Suburban Safari: Peartree Pollinators     

by Katie Isham. Slap-bang in the middle of Sholing, there sits a park. At first glance, it’s a basic public amenity. A big wonky trapezium of grass where people can walk their dogs, footballers have somewhere to play on Sunday mornings and youths have a location to loiter aimlessly during the long summer sunsets of
Column: Vienna to Southampton – wild horses

Column: Vienna to Southampton – wild horses

by Anna-Maria Bauer. We see the first one in the small car park, in the middle of the New Forest, that is more of a heathland here. It stands very close to the bonnets, fearless, one horsepower among many. Its rich brown coat shines almost as much as the bonnet of the silver cars. Its
Suburban Safari : beside the river and behind the curtain in Redbridge

Suburban Safari : beside the river and behind the curtain in Redbridge

by Katie Isham. Southampton is famous for its docks. They spear the heart of the city and have provided employment, transport and stories for centuries. The docks are a constant source of activity but it’s a place few of us residents get to see up close. This week I took a wander through Redbridge Wharf
Suburban Safari: The flowers and follies of Bursledon   

Suburban Safari: The flowers and follies of Bursledon   

by Katie Isham. For a walk that’s under two miles long, this loop makes you feel like you’ve been on a hike through several different landscapes and even navigated a few eras. The sort of walk where, by the end, you’re surprised to remember some of the sights from the beginning. Just the sort of
Suburban Safari: Costa Del Southampton  

Suburban Safari: Costa Del Southampton  

by Katie Isham. Could it finally be summer? What better to do on a summer’s day than to wander by the seaside?  However, for a city on the coast, Southampton only has a few spots to actually be beside the seaside, and even then, there’s no sand for comfort. We Sotonians are built of tougher
Column: Vienna to Southampton –  Sometimes you have to jump

Column: Vienna to Southampton – Sometimes you have to jump

by Anna-Maria Bauer. Paths are created by walking. I have heard this phrase so often that I normally don’t even think about the meaning when I say it. But then, I started walking and had to admit to myself: It’s true. The first step was taken a year ago. The flight ticket to Australia had
Walk: the Itchen Navigation, Southampton to Shawford

Walk: the Itchen Navigation, Southampton to Shawford

by Nathan Goldsmith.   “The spring is sprung, The grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is. The little boids is on the wing. Naa, dats obsoid; The little wings is on the boids”   There are different variations of this poem – and a number of different people said to have written it
Suburban Safari: Lost in Lords Wood 

Suburban Safari: Lost in Lords Wood 

by Katie Isham. Don’t tell too many people but, a mere skip from Southampton General Hospital, tucked away at the back of a 1960s housing estate, down a road guarded by the endemic sight of Tesco that used to be a pub, there’s a gateway to a hidden woodland. These woods may be named after
Suburban Safari: The Bluebell Bandwagon 

Suburban Safari: The Bluebell Bandwagon 

by Katie Isham. Well, everyone else is doing it, so I suppose we’d better jump on the bluebell bandwagon! If you glance at social media, the whole country has been skipping through ancient woodland in the last few weeks. Bluebell photos  have been outnumbering Line of Duty theories, and that takes some doing.  Yet despite
Suburban Safari: City Safari   

Suburban Safari: City Safari   

by Katie Isham. Meet you at the bridge?  Fellow eastsiders will be all too familiar with the hassle of crossing the mighty River Itchen to get into Southampton city centre. And as a teenager, it was a trek comparable to crossing the Sahara. But cross it we did, every Saturday to migrate to the teenage
Walk: River Hamble Country Park in Bursledon

Walk: River Hamble Country Park in Bursledon

by Nathan Goldsmith. Bursledon has always been a place that has meant a lot to me. It’s a place I’ve journeyed to since I was a child – with my family and family friends – and now, exploring on my own or taking my friends with me, I still feel that childhood buzz. Crabbing on
Suburban Safari Part Nineteen – Back to the Beach  

Suburban Safari Part Nineteen – Back to the Beach  

by Katie Isham. Restrictions are lifting, travel is allowed and so the time has come. We’re visiting the Solent shoreline.  A trip to the beach is not just about the destination: it’s about the feeling of space you get by the sea. It’s that feeling you get nowhere else, and after another long lockdown, we
Suburban Safari: Sholing bloomstrolling 

Suburban Safari: Sholing bloomstrolling 

by Katie Isham. The recent Spring Equinox has lifted me out of my winter slumber. I took this as a shot in the arm (not the one I’m after, but this’ll do for now) to take a more positive view. Time to fling open the doors and spend an afternoon sprucing up the garden.  But
Suburban Safari: Bishops Waltham pond loop

Suburban Safari: Bishops Waltham pond loop

by Katie Isham. Last weekend I went on holiday. Hold on, you might scream, we’re in lockdown. How did you wangle a holiday? Okay, you got me; I didn’t actually go on holiday, but I felt like I did for an hour.  I embarked on a fifteen-minute drive (hedonistic, I know) to the town of
Suburban Safari: The trees of Telegraph Woods

Suburban Safari: The trees of Telegraph Woods

by Katie Isham. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Or not. You’re sure to find trees. Don’t roll your eyes – I saw that. Of course there are trees, but over at Telegraph Woods there is a colony of beautiful, breathing, heaving trees to meet; you’ll feel
Suburban Safari: Rekindling the Peartree Passion

Suburban Safari: Rekindling the Peartree Passion

by Katie Isham. What better way to spend Valentine’s weekend than by rekindling your love for an old favourite? Sometimes in life we take for granted what we have. We take for granted the beauty we wake up to. We take for granted the sights we see every day. We don’t always take the time
Suburban Safari: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 

Suburban Safari: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 

by Katie Isham. At the risk of ruffling some feathers, this Suburban Safari includes minimal movement. In fact, it’s best to stay as still as possible for the duration. You may be permitted a twitch or two.  When was the last time you spent a solid hour in your garden? I know it’s not really
Suburban Safari: Hatch Grange  

Suburban Safari: Hatch Grange  

by Katie Isham. In the current lockdown and amid rising fear in this wave of the pandemic, we are torn. Torn between staying away from other people or finding some space outside to get some fresh air.  Obviously we all want to stay safe and distance ourselves from others as much as possible, but it’s
Suburban Safari: Weston Shore

Suburban Safari: Weston Shore

by Katie Isham. On New Year’s Day, I’ve taken to undertaking a “Big Walk”. One involving a big drive followed by a long walk, preferably by the sea, incorporating a stop for a hefty calorie intake before going home to warm up in the way you can only when you’ve been outside cavorting with nature
Suburban Safari: a little light stroll

Suburban Safari: a little light stroll

by Katie Isham. In a year as dark as 2020 has been, it’s no wonder people are keen to bring light into their lives. The streets of Southampton are ablaze with twinkles; this is the year everyone has raided The Range for more rope lights and flashing neon than you’d find in Vegas. Southampton has
Suburban Safari: Testing the Test Way

Suburban Safari: Testing the Test Way

by Katie Isham. Pulling on my walking boots I felt like I was embarking on a legitimate walking mission. Not many Suburban Safaris have necessitated this level of commitment. Yet for this adventure, I dug the old clunkers out the bag for life and laced them up with bits of dried mud to remind me
Suburban Safari: Woodmill wander

Suburban Safari: Woodmill wander

by Katie Isham. At least once a week I treat myself to a walk to work through Woodmill in Southampton. Sometimes more when the roadworks are rampant. But it’s never for very long. So I thought I would give myself time when I wasn’t racing the clock for a short wander along the River Itchen. 
Suburban Safari: Southampton Old Cemetery

Suburban Safari: Southampton Old Cemetery

by Katie Isham. As Halloween is almost upon us, I thought it would be apt to go on a spooky Suburban Safari – a Cemetery Safari if you will. And the largest, and if I may dare to say, the most dramatic cemetery in the city is Southampton Old Cemetery.  Located in the south-west corner
Suburban Safari: Itchen Valley Country Park  

Suburban Safari: Itchen Valley Country Park  

by Katie Isham. There are a good few Country Parks adjoining our fair city, so I thought it was time to visit one of them. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not usually a fan of a Country Park. It’s a little too prepared for my tastes. You have a brown sign to lead you
Suburban Safari: Mansbridge Reservoir

Suburban Safari: Mansbridge Reservoir

by Katie Isham. The days are getting shorter (and wetter by the current forecast) so it’s time for a snappier safari. Sometimes you don’t have whole day to wander and discover; sometimes you want to escape the daily grind and pop to a nearby location where you can immerse yourself in nature and treat yourself
Suburban Safari: A Tale of Three Bridges

Suburban Safari: A Tale of Three Bridges

by Katie Isham. Join our travel writer on her close to home expeditions. Southampton is bisected by the glorious River Itchen and so it’s a city of two halves. The mighty East Side and its marginally less mighty cousin, the West Side. I couldn’t possibly disclose which side I hail from for fear of impartiality.
Suburban Safari: Warsash walk

Suburban Safari: Warsash walk

by Katie Isham. Join our travel writer on her close to home expeditions. I don’t know about you, but I get a little antsy if I haven’t visited some type of shoreline for a while. So it was time to dip into the joys the Southampton Water can offer – although I draw the line
Suburban Safari: al fresco Southampton

Suburban Safari: al fresco Southampton

by Katie Isham. Join our travel writer on her close to home expeditions. As I mentioned when first embarking on the Suburban Safari venture, a holiday is just a break from the routine. Doing something different for enjoyment. It could be relaxation, or it might be exploration. In an ideal world, it would be a
Suburban Safari: Lakeside Country Park

Suburban Safari: Lakeside Country Park

by Katie Isham. Somewhere nestled between where the tarmac triceps of the M27 and the M3 lock in an arm wrestle, is an unexpected oasis of calming activity.  Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh, is a mere mile from the M27’s junction 5, but it seems like lightyears away from the angry driving of reality. If you
Suburban Safari: Golden Jubilee Butterfly Walk to Weston Shore 

Suburban Safari: Golden Jubilee Butterfly Walk to Weston Shore 

by Katie Isham. Join our travel writer on her close to home expeditions. I love travel. My summer months are usually filled with adventures: far-flung holidays, long weekends immersed in a festival, a few days by the coast, or up-at-the-crack-of-dawn day trips to bustling cities. This year, my passport is languishing in the kitchen drawer whilst