Upriver dinghy safari

Blow up the dinghy and head upriver for a picnic

Upriver fun with Deacons marina

Explore the peaceful upper reaches of the Hamble River, a great trip with friends, children and those who appreciate calm waters, nature, stunning views and on a warm day - a river dip! Enjoy a pint and a bite at the Horse & Jockey, or picnic by the waterside, then rest your arms and shoot back down on the ebb tide.

So if you plan your tides, it is possible to take dinghies and canoes all the way up the River Hamble to Botley and up the River Cur to the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge.

Take advantage of a big (4.6m+) spring tide; pass under the three bridges at Bursledon - A27, railway and M27 - into the peaceful upper reaches of the River Hamble. Beyond the bridges the river regains its green mantle - there is little evidence of urbanisation and trees crowd the tranquil banks.

The river passes the River Hamble Country Park on the west bank, with a pontoon at Manor Farm and areas where we may pull ashore to rest any tired legs.

Above the country park, the river splits, with the Hamble being the western branch going to the market town of Botley. Here you find a landing stage, grassy area and tables, but no toilets. The river is 3.4m above chart datum here, so if you arrive too early, you will have to walk through the shallows to deeper water.

Or head down the left branch of the river, the Cur, which is navigable to the Horse & Jockey pub (good food aplenty!) at Curdbridge – where a very swift pint is a prize well-earned! (Again the river is 3.4m above chart datum here so you have to time it well).

Alternatively you can picnic by the side of the river – many choose an area near to the old Tudor landing stage, there is a gravel beach nearby on which to pull ashore. The river is 1.8m above chart datum here so you can stay until half tide.

If you fancy a little expedition yourself, berth holders can join us on our summer event (link here to summer event programme)

Or see Yachting Monthly for a good article on exploring the river.