River Hamble

River Hamble

river Hamble
 river Hamble
The River Hamble rises near Waltham Chase and flows past Botley, then Bursledon, past Hamble-le-Rice and runs into the Solent.  Its double tides provide a high tide, which lasts well over 2 hours and after this there is a short ebb tide which is followed by a long flood tide. These double tides and the safe harbour at Hamble has meant that the Hamble has been linked to the country’s maritime heritage for thousands of years.

The history of the River Hamble is featured in the Maritime Memories leaflet which includes details of the many ships that were built and brought to the River, including the Grace Dieu which the remains can be visible during exceptionally low tides, shipbuilders, smuggling and much more. To request a copy contact Hamble Valley Tourism.
The River Hamble and Manor Farm Country Park, which lies to the south of Botley, were instrumental in the lead up to D Day. A memorial plaque within the Country Park commemorates HMS Cricket; a combined operations and landing craft base from 1943 – 1946. 
                                                                                         For more information contact the 'Local History Society'.

fairthorneboathouse25View from Fairthorne Boathouse at low tide