Warsash, Southampton, Hampshire
Warsash is an old fishing village on the mouth of the River Hamble between Southampton and Fareham. Boating is a big thing here and the village was the site of a busy shipyard in the early 19th century, which turned out whoppers like the 36 gun frigate, HMS Hotspur. Nowadays it’s more about yachts in the harbour, and that maritime air is very evident; Warsash is also home to the Warsash Maritime Academy, where naval officers from all over the world are trained.
The village has several independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and right in the middle, a clock tower, originally built to hold 6,000 gallons of water. There’s a foot ferry across the river to Hamble-le-Rice, which you can’t miss because the boats are painted bright pink; the ferry links up several footpaths and cycle routes, including the Solent Way.
Warsash is a nice little spot for a wander round and if you find that coastal air is making you peckish head to The Rising Sun or The Jolly Farmer for good pub food.
All information correct at the time of writing