Lower Swanwick is close to the city of Southampton. Nearby villages include Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice, Sarisbury and Swanwick. The housing in the area is mostly modern with a few older houses although a long row of colourful 'Fisherman's Cottages' can be seen on Swanwick Lane. The area has close ties to the sea with local marinas dominating the riverbank. The local Post Office is now closed as part of the 'Post Office Network Change Programme'.
Swanwick has become particularly popular with visitors, because the river and its landmarks are where many of the scenes for the former television series Howards' Way were filmed. 'The Jolly Sailor' Public House, a pub made famous by the former BBC television series Howards' Way can be seen from Bursledon Bridge, which carries the A27 across the River Hamble, when looking west.
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