Rivers and Canals
Following the St Swithun's Way
Hampshire's matrix of rivers and canals provide the perfect haven for a relaxing walk or cycle along tow paths and river banks that boast rare and exciting flora and fauna. From the sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) along the Basingstoke Canal to the chalky streams the River Itchen, which is very popular with anglers and the internationally famous River Hamble amongst sailors - there is something for everyone to relax and enjoy.
In this section
The River Test is world famous for its superb trout fishing and passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire
Take a walk along the River Itchen, a beautiful chalk stream that flows from mid-Hampshire to Southampton.
Take a tranquil walk along the River Meon and see a variety of wetland habitats containing a wealth of wildlife
The River Hamble is ideal for a riverside walk or simply watching the world go by. The river runs into the Solent which is internationally recognised for its sailing.
Forming the centre of the Blackwater Valley in Aldershot, it runs for 20 miles to Eversley, is full of wildlife including otter and great for fishing.
The stunning Beaulieu River runs for 12 miles through the New Forest into the Solent.
The Basingstoke canal is 32 miles long with 29 locks and is a long boaters' paradise.