Riverside Park is a 32 hectare site located along the River Itchen and includes six football pitches, two cricket pitches, 18 hole pitch and putt, a tennis court, skate park and three play areas. The Southampton and District Society of Model Engineers run a miniature railway open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the summer months.
Take a leisurely walk along the River Itchen a chalk river designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Recognised internationally as an important habitat for wildlife such as salmon, water voles, kingfishers, dragonflies and otters. The non tidal section of the river supports a variety of freshwater fish, including dace, roach and the migratory salmon and sea trout. Continuing along the river gives views onto the conservation areas on the other side where unusual species make their home including kingfisher, water vole, otter, various warblers and sometimes even cuckoo.
The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project is a Heritage Lottery project managed by the Wildlife Trust preserving an internationally important chalk river system for future generations. They have produced a range of leaflets on walks along the Itchen Navigation from Riverside Park to Winchester. Bargeman's Walk, Mansbridge is a two mile circular walk starting and ending at Woodmill. Visit the Itchen Navigation project website (opens in a new window or tab)for more details.
See the management plan below for more details of the park and what is happening.
Riverside Park, Woodmill Lane, Bitterne Park, Southampton, SO18 2JJ.