One of the best ways to view and experience the River Hamble is take to the water in a canoe or kayak.
There is plenty of water closer to the banks at all states of tide below the M27 bridge, where the river carries most the boat traffic. The most popular area for canoeists is above the M27 bridge where there are very few boats and the river is quiet and very natural with a few inlets to explore as well as the Horse and Jockey pub at the end of the Curbridge arm of the river.
Allegedly, a disorientated whale, made its way up river, and became stuck under the road bridge alongside the pub. Sadly it ceased to be and a carcass became a local tourist attraction for many a year.
There are various clubs along the River such as the Upper Hamble Canoe Club who offer family recreational paddling, help members sample all facets of the sprt in a safe, coached environment, whilst having fun. Visit www.upperhamblecc.co.uk for more information and details of membership.
As with any water-based activity please ensure the following:
- Get an accurate and up-to-date weather forecast.
- Check tide tables and the accessibility of your recovery site.
- Find out about by-laws and local hazards.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you are expected back.
- Wear an appropriate, well-fitted buoyancy aid or life-jacket.
- Have some means of caling for help.
- For more information on River Safety, visit www3.hants.gov.uk/hambleharbour