On these D-Day walks we hope to describe life in Milton and Eastney between the world wars based on the experiences of one of our former residents who was born in the area in 1921, and then show how everything changed in the build-up to and after D-Day. To view a brief video on YouTube about the walk, click below:
We have two walks – a long one, that takes in all of the sights possible and a shorter one, in which we tell the same story but walk only half the distance, so you will need to use your imagination rather than your legs for parts of this one.
The Long Milton & Eastney D Day Walk
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 2 hours
The walk is not circular – but it is a 10 minute walk from the end point back to the start (or 2 stops on the local bus service). The route is wheelchair accessible and the terrain is largely tarmac, though there is a short stretch across Milton Common from the foreshore to Moorings Way which can get wet and muddy.
The Short Milton & Eastney D Day Walk
Length: 3 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
The walk is not circular – but it is a 10 minute walk from the end point back to the start (or 2 stops on the local bus service). The route is wheelchair accessible and the terrain is largely tarmac.
- Milton Market – How life was lived before the war
- Dunbar Road – When the bombs fell during the war
- White & Newton – The war effort gears up
- Mulberrys and Langstone Harbour – Where many preparations took place
- Houseboats – Life after the war
- Milton Cemetery – Tales of those who did not return
- St Mary’s Hospital (& 4a St James Hospital) – the role of our local hospitals around D-Day
Attending A Walk
Please book a place on the walk of your choice at Milton Village Hall (details below). Walks will be leisurely so should be suitable for all, unless we get a specific ‘walking group’ in which case we will go at their pace.
Places are limited on our walks as we want to ensure that everyone can hear the story, so if you wish to join us, do book a place.
Currently we have walks scheduled on the following dates and times. If you cannot make any of these dates or they are fully booked, please let Milton Village Hall know that you would like to attend, also letting them know which walk you would like to take, how large your party is and if you have a preferred day of the week or time of day. We will do our best to arrange walks for all those who wish to attend and learn more about the areas recent past.
Sunday 2nd June – 2pm : Long Walk
Sunday 9th June – 2pm : Long Walk –Book Your Place Here
Saturday 15th June – 10am : Long Walk – Book Your Place Here
Sunday 14th July – 2pm : Long Walk
If you are a group and want to request a dedicated walk or want to suggest a different date or time to those shown here – please let Milton Village Hall know of your interest.
Places can be booked in person at Milton Village Hall or by phoning them (023 9287 3788 ) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To begin our walk at Milton Market, click here