About Bursledon, Locks Heath, Titchfield Common & the Surrounding Areas
Brambles two offices are based in the heart of Bursledon and Warsash villages, near Southampton in Hampshire. With prime locations on both sides of the River Hamble, one of the most sought after locations for motorboat and yacht owners on the South coast of England which provides a number of superb marinas, these include: Hamble Point Marina, Port Hamble Marina (where Edward Heath, the former prime minister, used to berth all his yachts named “Morning Cloud”), Mercury Marina, Universal Marina & Swanwick Premier Marina – Formerly and in many cases still known as Moody’s Marina.
Famous and popular watering holes include: - ‘The Jolly Sailor Public House’, a wonderful location on the edge of the Hamble river in Bursledon village, The Vine Inn, High Street Bursledon village, The Linden Tree, School Road, Bursledon. The Rising Sun, The Ferryman, The Silver Fern and The Jolly Farmer are all extremely popular and based in Warsash.
There are many areas to walk including; Manor Farm Country Park, The Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey. For those wanting to explore by foot both sides of the Hamble River there is a foot and cycle path that runs parallel to the mouth of the Hamble River from Swanwick Shore all the way to Southampton water, this walk passes through Warsash shore where there is the Pink Ferry (Yes it is Pink!) that provides regular services to foot & cycle passengers from Shire road in Warsash across the river to Hamble Village and visa versa .It is then possible to continue your journey along Satchel Lane and cut back across the fields and woods, which are parallel to Hamble Lane and will bring you to Hungerford Bottom in Bursledon village. Once there you can complete your journey at another popular watering hole The Fox and Hounds, also known locally as The Lone Barn.
The area of Bursledon also boasts having one of the few remaining working windmills in the country and is open at certain times of the year to the public.
Yacht clubs located on the Hamble river and surrounding area includes :-
Brambles estate agents encompasses, in its name, the rambling countryside within the local area and the notorious Brambles Bank, which is a sandbar located in the middle of the Solent, between The Isle of Wight and the mainland. This spot is, and continues to be, a navigational hazard to many a negligent mariner, as at low water the bank often becomes exposed or is extremely shallow and numerous watercraft, from the QE2 to daytime pleasure craft including jet-ski’s, have unknowingly (and continue to do so), run aground! In January 2015 the Hoegh Osaka cargo ship was intentionally grounded by its captain and pilot to prevent a capsizing when the ballast failed creating a 50 degree list, it was carrying around 1600 vehicles including Rolls Royce, BMW’s and Jaguar cars on route to Dubai via Germany and made National and International news Many times during the year, especially at spring low tides, a large area of the bank is exposed and there is the annual cricket match between The Royal Southern sailing Club and Island Sailing Club, which is based in Cowes, the latter is particularly renowned for holding the annual ‘Round The Island Yacht Race’ where up to and in excess of 1800 sailing yachts participate in a race around The Isle Of Wight.
For those who are more interested in equestrian sports or hobbies, there are numerous farms, fields, liveries and stables suitable for beginners learning to ride horses for the first time, or for owners whose own property does not have the facilities to house their four legged galloping friends. The Meon Valley also has many wonderful areas to explore in the saddle!
At weekends and also during spring and summer you have many cyclists who either independently or collectively take to the open country roads, often travelling along to the Meon shore where you have Hill Head and Lee-On-The Solent, or inland to the Meon Valley and South Downs.
For cricket lovers we have the Hampshire Rose Bowl, situated in West End, adjacent to the clubs ground there is also the Hampshire tennis and health club which boasts fantastic facilities including: indoor and outdoor all weather tennis courts, state of the art gymnasium and internal and external heated swimming pools.
In Bursledon you have local shops situated in Lowford Village or a large Tesco superstore on the Windhover roundabout, there are also Co-op’s and a One Stop shop in Warsash and new Waitrose in the Locks Heath centre, additionally one can use other superstores including; Sainsbury’s and Mark’s and Spencer’s in Hedge End which is a short drive away. Bursledon, Hamble and Netley Abbey are located off Junction 8 of the M27 and Warsash, Locks Heath and Titchfield off Junction 9, giving easy motorway access to both Portsmouth and Southampton, these are fairly equal distance to one another and approximately only thirty minutes in your car. There is also the new Whiteley Shopping Centre which is located off junction 9 to the North of the M27, this opened in May 2013.
There has always been fierce local rivalry between Southampton Football Club, who are known as ‘The Saints’ with their home ground at St Mary’s and Portsmouth Football club, who are known as ‘Pompey’ and whose home ground is Fratton Park.
The New Forest is around forty minutes in the car which is renowned for its countryside and is the home to the Beaulieu Motor Museum, Butlers Hard and the village of Lymington. Bournemouth and Sand Banks are around the same distance.