Itchen Valley Country Park

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Itchen Valley Country Park
Itchen Valley Country Park visitor centre.jpg
The visitors' centre
Type Country park
Location West End, Hampshire, UK
Coordinates 50°56′35″N 1°20′42″W / 50.943°N 1.345°W / 50.943; -1.345Coordinates: 50°56′35″N 1°20′42″W / 50.943°N 1.345°W / 50.943; -1.345
Area 440 acres (1.8 km2)
Operated by Eastleigh Borough Council
Status Open all year

Itchen Valley Country Park is a country park in West End, Hampshire, England. As the name suggests, the River Itchen runs through the park, which covers 440 acres (1.8 km2).[1] The park has a number of walks and trails, including an off-road cycling track. There are a number of facilities for children, including a play area and a play trail. The Itchen Way footpath borders the park. The park was awarded the Green Flag award in 2009/10 and 2010/11.[2]

History[edit]

The site is on the opposite bank of the river to Southampton Airport, the runway of which is reputedly built over the remains of a Roman villa.[3]

The park was established when over 350 acres (1.4 km2) of the site were acquired by Eastleigh Borough Council in 1979.[4] The visitor centre was built in 1990.[1] In 2010 work started on a Go Ape adventure course in the park, which opened in Spring 2011.[5]

Geography[edit]

The park contains a 250-acre (100 ha) water meadow nature reserve, 90 acres (36 ha) of ancient woodland (a third of which is classified as "semi-rural"), 60 acres (24 ha) of grazing land and a 40-acre (16 ha) recreation field.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eastleigh Borough Council: Itchen Valley Country Park Accessed 5th April 2007
  2. ^ "Green Flag awards". Eastleigh Borough Council website. Eastleigh Borough Council. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Itchen Locations: Roman Level Accessed 5th April 2007
  4. ^ a b Itchen Locations: Modern Level Accessed 5th April 2007
  5. ^ "Go ahead for Go Ape". Eastleigh Borough Council website. Eastleigh Borough Council. Retrieved 26 November 2010.