Miniature Railway (Itchen Navigation Series)
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A cache & dash at Riverside Park or a Sunday afternoon for the children with steam train rides, the choice is yours!
The Itchen Navigation ceased trading in 1869 but a public right of way exists along its length from Mansbridge (Southampton) to The Wharf in Winchester. North of Mansbridge the path is restricted to pedestrians only but cycles are permitted here. The length of the Navigation is about 10 miles, although the footpath is slightly longer due to diversions, the most noticeable being that in the south where the route is extended by almost ½ a mile to pass under the M27 motorway. Several caches already exist along parts of this route, and this series is designed to ‘fill the gaps’ and encourage people to walk the whole length of the path.
The Navigation is silted up and dry in places, but the remains of locks and other structures still exist along its length. There are some beautiful views and the area is a haven for wildlife with evidence even of otter activity in places. The caches are placed to minimise the need to diverge from the path and you are asked to respect the wildlife during your visit.
The Miniature Railway or “Steam Trains” as it was known to my family is not strictly on the Navigation, but it forms an interesting place from which to start the walk. The cache is situated in a car park close to the meeting place of Southampton Model Engineers. If you choose to visit on a Sunday in the summer months you will almost certainly see some of their models in steam.
This is a VERY public place! Please take care when retrieving and placing the cache.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum