Eling creek runs off the River Test on the western side of Southampton water, hidden behind huge stacks of containers the creek is bisected by a toll bridge and a dam holding back what is presumably a freshwater mill pond..
On the seaward side the creek is filled with drying moorings, mostly small boats which take the ground for most of the time.
Contrast the still water above the bridge, the bridge keeper (who collects the £1 a car toll and 70pfor motorbikes) pointed out a kingfisher.
Eling Sailing Club occupies the historic tide mill which is good enough reason to visit.
The club has moorings and a dingy compound and some interesting shore based facilities like this derek.
On the south side of the creek are a few very des res homes with moorings alongside.
Below looking down the creek to the entrance The .sailing directions read: To reach us navigate to the Eastern Cardinal buoy ‘Eling’ grid reference 50° 54.475’ N
1° 27.844’ W. From the Cardinal, on a bearing of 111° and a distance of 0.2NM is the entrance to the Eling Channel. The channel entrance is marked with two posts, red can and green cone. As you approach the bend in Creek turn to Port and stay about 3 meters from quay wall (beside containers).