Or to be more precise down river, I got Mrs BB to drop me and my kayak off at Botley wharf which is almost as far as you can get upstream at high water.
The river is narrow and peaceful, paddling slowly didn't seem to disturb the wildlife much or the tranquility.
At the approach to the fork, the river splits left on it's way to Curdridge past the Horse & Jockey pub and the main river to the right down to Bursledon, Hamble and the sea.
I asked this kayaker if she was doing doggy paddle, apparently he hates water but will sit still for a ride.
The main river opens up, thanks fully preserved from development it's much as it has been for the past few hundred years. The day was almost perfect, not a breath of wind, I set off just after the first high water after which there is a stand for about 2 hours so virtually no current either.
I need a waterproof camera with a longer lens as there was a lot to see along the river banks, the nice thing about kayaking is you face forward unlike rowing where you only get to see what you have gone past.