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Woolston from the Itchen Bridge
 
Woolston
Postcode SO19 7QT
Woolston is on the opposite bank of the river Itchen from the main part of Southampton. Until the opening of the Itchen Bridge in 1977, Woolston was linked to Chapel on the city side by two floating bridges (chain ferries). The first road bridge up-river was at Northam. Woolston was formerly home to ship builders Vosper Thornycroft and the Vickers Supermarine aircraft factory of Spitfire fame, both now consigned to history. Weston Shore, on the way to Netley, is Southampton's only remaining accessible shoreline.
Buses First
Cafes Yes
Ferries ---
Local ---
Shops Yes
Toilets ---
Trains Woolston and Sholing (0.64mi)
Where next?
Bitterne Park Woolston Station  
Hamble via Old Netley    
Lower Swanwick    
Netley    
Portswood    
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The Itchen from the bridge   The Millenium Feather   The Itchen Bridge   Weston Shore    
Where next? Click a location to go there. Distances are estimated.
Bitterne Park 2.10mi / 3.38km - along Bridge Road (under the Itchen bridge and the railway line near Woolston Station), and Peartree Avenue. Turn left in to Athelstan Road (steep hill down). Cross Bitterne Road to Bullar Road. (Bitterne station 1.70mi / 2.73km). Go up Bullar Road and turn left on to Cobden Avenue.
Bitterne Park 3.11mi / 5.01km - along Bridge Road and across the Itchen Bridge. Turn right from the bridge on to Albert Road North. Follow this road (its name changes) passing the football stadium and round to Northam Road. Cross Northam Bridge and turn left from Bitterne Road to Bullar Road. (Bitterne station 2.65mi / 4.26km). At the top of the road, turn left to Cobden Avenue and Bitterne Park.
Bitterne Park 3.18mi / 5.11km - along Bridge Road and across the Itchen Bridge. Turn right from the bridge on to Albert Road North. Follow this road (its name changes) passing the football stadium and round to Northam Road. Turn right on to Northam Road and take the road to the right of the main road. Turn left on to the path under Northam Bridge. Follow this path alongside the river to the Horseshoe railway bridge. Turn right, away from the bridge, and right again to Priory Road opposite the Junction pub. Stay on Priory Road to the St Denys Road traffic lights. Turn right and cross Cobden Bridge.
Hamble 5.07mi / 8.16km - Via Old Netley. Up Portsmouth Road (A3025). Most of this walk is on Portsmouth Road and Hamble Lane. On leaving Woolston you will pass the link road from the Itchen Bridge. At about 0.75mi / 1.21km you will pass The Swan public house. Cross over Spring Road and turn left at the traffic lights (Wright's Hill) under the railway bridge (still Portsmouth Road). The route continues out of Southampton, passing Sholing football club and then The Plough Inn. Shortly after this pub, turn right into Pound Road and right again to Hamble Lane. Follow Hamble Lane for the rest of the journey. Hamble station is 3.67mi / 5.91km by this route.
This route passes close to Sholing station.
 
Lower Swanwick 3.85mi / 6.20km - up Portsmouth Road (A3025). Most of this walk is on Portsmouth Road and the A27. On leaving Woolston you will pass the link road from the Itchen Bridge. At about 0.75mi / 1.21km you will pass The Swan public house. Cross over Spring Road and turn left at the traffic lights (Wright's Hill) under the railway bridge (still Portsmouth Road). The route continues out of Southampton, passing Sholing football club and then The Plough Inn. Shortly after this pub, Portsmouth Road turns left but the route continues straight ahead to Manor Close. At the end of this short road a pedestrian crossing takes you across Hamble Lane (Windhover Roundabout 0.50mi / 0.80km to the left, after crossing due to single footway), down Lowford Hill (opposite) and to Lowford where you rejoin Portsmouth Road. The road ends at the A27 where you turn right for Lower Swanwick.
This route passes close to Sholing and Bursledon stations.
* Option to turn right at The Plough Inn to Pound Road, Hamble Lane.
Netley 2.60mi / 4.18km - via Victoria Road (Woolston), path along Weston Shore next to Southampton Sailing Club, Weston Parade (Weston Shore), Abbey Hill, Victoria Road (Netley). Either follow the road from the end of Weston Parade to Netley village or take the path which runs between the road and the shore. Where the path comes out on to Victoria Road (Netley), turn right for the village.
Portswood 3.12mi / 5.02km - along Bridge Road and across the Itchen Bridge. Turn right from the bridge on to Albert Road North. Follow this road (its name changes) passing the football stadium and round to Northam Road. Turn right on to Northam Road and take the road to the right of the main road. Turn left on to the path under Northam Bridge. Follow this path alongside the river to the Horseshoe railway bridge. Turn right, away from the bridge, and follow Adelaide Road to St Denys station (2.64mi / 4.25km). Cross the footbridge, turn right to Osborne Road South, left to St Denys Road and up to Portswood.
Woolston station - 0.10mi / 0.16km - from Portsmouth Road turn in to Bridge Road and go under the road bridge (only). Take the short footpath on the right in to Garton Road.

Portswood and St Denys station can also be reached via Bitterne Park.

See the Woolston station page for details.
Please note
The wooden part of the path between the Horseshoe Bridge and Northam Bridge can be slippery and the remainder can be muddy or flooded.
Weston Shore
Weston Shore, between Woolston and Netley, is Southampton's only remaining accessible shoreline. A shingle beach with a children's play area and parking. An ice-cream van is regularly present. Grassed areas at each end. Shelters. Shops in Netley are a short walk away.
Friends of Weston Shore: Website, Facebook, Twitter. Weston Shore Blog: Blogspot.
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