Hamble is home to some 3500 boats which occupy the marinas and river moorings and make it the most crowded of all the Solent rivers.
But venture above Bursledon Bridge for half a mile and things are very different indeed. Upstream from the last of the moorings and the country park, it's easy to imagine the river as it was 200 years ago with oak trees growing along the banks.
On a clear winters day, with the tide making, you can have the place completely to your self - brilliant!
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