City’s guided summer history walks

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has organised summer walks to help people get fit, find out more about where they live, and learn about the city’s history.

The walks take place this month and next month.

Each one costs £3 for adults, £1 with a leisure card, and are free for accompanied children.

On Sunday, a walk will take place from the Historic Dockyard to Old Portsmouth.

It will start at 2.30pm from the Hard, and give a chance to learn about the area’s history.

On Sunday, July 10, walkers can learn about Portsmouth’s part in the reign of King George III.

Leaving from Southsea’s Square Tower at 2.30pm, it will visit sites with links to the era’s naval heroes Howe, Rodney, St Vincent, Duncan, Nelson, and their battles, as well as mutinies, disasters and scandals.

The following Sunday, a walk leaves the Square Tower at 2.30pm to take in the fortifications of Old Portsmouth.

And on July 31, walkers leave the Square Tower at 2.30pm to learn about Old Portsmouth’s pubs and breweries, some of which date back to the reign of King Henry VIII.

All walks are led by Portsmouth Tourism Guiding Service.

Tickets can be bought in advance from Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre at The Hard and Southsea seafront, or from the City Museum.

For more information, contact Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre on (023) 9282 6722 or email vis@portsmouthcc.gov.uk