Barton River (Itchen Navigation Series)
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Close to the confluence of the Navigation and Barton River, narrow footpath access from North & South. Buggy access from West
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. The path is restricted to pedestrians, so NO BICYCLES PLEASE. The path is narrow in places and not very buggy friendly and as with any walk along a watercourse, children should be under constant supervision!
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.
This cache is a small plastic container. Spoiler Photo to enable quick find in this notoriously mugglesome area!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum