Odiham is a picturesque market town in North Hampshire, not far from Basingstoke. As a royal manor it was the first entry in the Hampshire Domesday book. Odiham lies on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal and has a rich collection of historic buildings as well as lovely countryside and canal walks nearby. The Basingstoke Canal, built in the 1700s, flows between Hampshire and Surrey and eventually links with the Rivers Wey and Thames. 32 miles of the canal have been restored for the benefit of walkers, canoeists, anglers and naturalists and there’s also a towpath walk linking Odiham Castleto Odiham Common. It offers splendid views of meadows and historic buildings from its towpath.
Odiham became a market town in the Middle Ages and some medieval timber-framed houses still remain, such as Monk’s Cottage, dating from around 1300. Odiham now comprises 3 distinct settlements: Odiham with its impressive High Street, North Warnborough, more rural and linear in layout, and RAF Odiham whose helicopters are often to be seen in the sky.
The historic High Street offers a good selection of shops and a diverse and extensive range of restaurants, coffee shops and public houses.
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