Hampshire

Hampshire is a county of gentle rolling hills, typical English villages and ancient forests. It is easily accessible within an hour by train from London.

 

Winchester, once the capital of England, rewards an unhurried visit, with its concentration of centuries of history. The City, its Cathedral and watermeadows and the villages of the Itchen and Test valleys, especially Wherwell, are beautifully preserved. The classic chalk streams of the Itchen and the Test, provide fine trout and salmon fishing. Together with the River Meon, which Izaak Walton fished, these rivers are significant factors in this characteristically southern English scenery.

 

Southampton and Portsmouth are thriving cities, which owe their prosperity to their coastal location. Southampton is the home of the ocean liner, which was created little more than a century ago, due to the combination of docks, which have four high tides daily and an early railway link to London. However, its maritime history is longer than this. The Pilgrim Fathers set off from here in 1620 on The Mayflower, to settle in America. The ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic to New York, started from Southampton in April 1912. Portsmouth has been a naval centre for centuries. The first dry dock in the world was built here in 1495 and now the naval dockyards extend over 300 acres. Horatio Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, is open to the public, which remains almost unchanged since the Battle of Trafalgar.

 

The New Forest is a distinct entity with its own customs and Court. Although a favourite for visitors who come to see the wild ponies, few venture into the huge stretches of the Forest, accessible only on foot. The New Forest towns of Lyndhurst and Lymington, with its thriving yachting community and the village of Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River, where many of Nelson’s ships were built, are all full of interest.

 

The Isle of Wight is a favourite holiday island with good hovercraft and ferry services from Portsmouth and Lymington. It has a remarkable variety of scenery, with sandy beaches and the chalk stacks of the Needles, below Tennyson Down. The Down is named after Alfred Lord Tennyson, who lived at Freshwater for thirty years.

Map of Hampshire

Places to visit in Hampshire

Alresford Gift Shop, West Street, Alresford

Alresford, Hampshire

Alresford comprises two communities less than a mile apart. Old Alresford is an attractive village with a stream running through the green. New Alresford is a pleasant market town which was established in the...
St. Nicholas Church, Steventon

Steventon, Hampshire

Steventon is a small village, seven miles south west of Basingstoke, close to junction 7 of the M3 motorway. Jane Austen, the novelist, was born in the rectory in Steventon in 1775, where her father was the rec...
Tudor Cottage, Newbury Street, Whitchurch

Whitchurch, Hampshire

Whitchurch is a small town situated on the River Test, eight miles from Andover. The name means, "White Church", as the original Saxon Church was built of limestone or chalk. It was replaced by a Norman structu...
Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton

Chawton, Hampshire

Chawton is a delightful village which lies within the South Downs National Park, close to Alton. Jane Austen, the novelist, moved to this lovely Hampshire village in 1809. The house had been an inn and was l...
Duck Pond, River Test, Stockbridge

Stockbridge, Hampshire

Stockbridge is a village between Andover and Romsey, close to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury. It is set in the famous Test Valley, which has some of the best fly-fishing in England. The Grosve...
St. Andrew's Church, Nether Wallop

Nether Wallop, Hampshire

Nether Wallop is a small village with pretty thatched cottages, four miles north-west of Stockbridge. Readers of the Agatha Christie 'Miss Marple' novels, know the village as "St. Mary Mead", as most of the ori...
War Memorial and thatched cottages, Wherwell

Wherwell, Hampshire

Wherwell is a very picturesque village in the Test Valley, three miles from Andover. Here can be seen some of the finest examples of straw thatching in England, displayed on the mainly black and white timber-fr...