Scratchin the Itchen
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Next in our series of "A full day" events, today we'll tackle the River Itchen from source to mid-point, althrough not in that order, and still manage to achieve a circular hike!
You should have had regular experience of hiking > 15 miles before signing up
Our walk will start in Winchester where we will follow the river Itchen South towards Shawford which is approximately the river mid-point. From there we depart the river banks and head onto the South Downs towards the source of the river at Hinton Ampner. Upon picking up the source we'll follow the river back downstream to Winchester.
The River Itchen flows from mid-Hampshire to join with Southampton Water below the Itchen Bridge in the city of Southampton. The river is noted as one of the world's premier chalk streams for fly fishing, the local chalk in the earth provides excellent filtration and thus watercress thrives all along the Itchen valley in its pristine, crystal clear waters.
It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is noted for its high quality habitats, supporting a range of protected species including the endangered water vole, otter, brook lamprey and white-clawed crayfish.
COVID-19 - IMPORTANT: Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell.
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- We do not encourage car sharing to events during the pandemic. Please comply with the safety travel guidance for England, Wales, and Scotland. Face coverings should be worn on public transport.
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- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop. Remember: Face, Hands, Space.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
- Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice, but please bring one with you just in case it's needed. Please bring any other PPE items required. Bring a disposable bag for any used PPE.
- Members are advised to bring their own small first aid kit for personal use..
- Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.
- Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.
- Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!
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Image credits (in order)
Simon Ellicott photo 2
Dave Z for photos 3 & 4.
What to bring
Walking boots or shoes, waterproofs if rain is forecast.
Food & drink
Bring lunch and plenty of water (at least 3 litres), as there are no shops upon departing Winchester.