Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A-Z Challenge 2018 - British Rivers: 'I' River Itchen

I promised myself last year that the 2017 A-Z Challenge would be my last. Then come February I found myself itching to find a theme. Appropriate there that for 'I' I have chosen - 

River Itchen at Ovington in Hampshire
The river flows for 28 miles from the middle of Hampshire into Southampton Water and out into the sea.

Chalk rivers of Hampshire
If you are a fly-fishing fan then the Itchen is the place to be. The river is said to be one of the finest chalk fly-fishing rivers in England - some claim in the world. Or is that just a fisherman's tale?

River Itchen meanders through water meadows north of Cheriton
Its source is to be found in springs just south of Cheriton; it flows north before it turns to flow through the cathedral city of Winchester on its way to the sea on the south coast.

City Mill branch of the Itchen at Winchester.
Photo attributions:
  • River Itchen at Ovington: 16 August 2005, by Joolz - CC BY-SA 2.5 licence
  • River Itchen north of Cheriton: 5 may 2006 ex, by Peter Jordan - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
  • River Itchen at Winchester: 4 June 2009 ex,  by Dr Neil Clifton - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.


Bill Nicholls said...

Can hold my hands up on this one as I walked alongside it while going to a church between villages

Anonymous said...

I am having similar thoughts about next year's challenge. I must research the course of the Itchen. I may have seen it as a child.

Wendy said...

What a lovely path at City Mill.

Emily Bloomquist said...

It looks like such a nice river to meander along. Glad you scratched that February itch, Bob.

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Antoinette said...

what a beautiful river. nice job.

Kristin said...

I am not a fly fisherman. In fact, I haven't fished in years, but I would like to just sit and look at that river in the first photogrraph.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - it's a stunningly beautiful part of the world ... and has fresh fish ready to be caught ... lovely pictures - cheers Hilary