River Meon

River Meon

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The source of the River Meon can be found in East Hampshire in the tranquil village of East Meon, one of Hampshire's lovelist and most historic parishes. The river stretched for 21 miles through the Meon Valley flowing from the South Downs to the Solent. It passes through the villages of Exton, Droxford, Wickham and Titchfield. From Titchfield it flows through the marshes of the Titchfield Haven nature reserve before entering the Solent through the small harbour at Hill Head.

The River Meon is a chalk stream which supports valuable wildlife habitats and species such as water crowfoot, brown trout, kingfishers and otters as well as the reed beds at Titchfield Haven.

Parts of the River Meon is also renowned for its fly fishing, particularly at the Meon Springs where the river is stocked regularly with brown trout and rainbow trout.

The South Downs Way long distance trail also passes over the River Meon when you follow the 15 mile section between Petersfield to Exton.

Titchfield Haven National nature reserve covers 369 acres of the Lower Meon valley. It has international recognition for its value for wildlife through its designation as a Ramsar site by the Ramsar Convention. The whole of the river has received protection under the Hampshire County Council designation 'Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation' (SINCs).

At the Haven you can enjoy a tranquil walk and see a variety of wetland habitats containing a wealth of wildlife. Species change through the seasons so there's always something new to enjoy.