River Meon

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River Meon
River Meon Spring
County Hampshire
Source Meon Spring
 - location East Meon, Hampshire, England
 - coordinates 50°58′43″N 1°01′30″W / 50.97849°N 1.02493°W / 50.97849; -1.02493
Mouth Hill Head Harbour
 - location The Solent, Hampshire, England
 - coordinates 50°49′06″N 1°14′35″W / 50.8183°N 1.2430°W / 50.8183; -1.2430Coordinates: 50°49′06″N 1°14′35″W / 50.8183°N 1.2430°W / 50.8183; -1.2430
Length 34 km (21 mi)
Discharge for Mislingford [1]
 - average 0.98 m3/s (35 cu ft/s)
 - max 11.0 m3/s (388 cu ft/s) 1 January 2003
 - min 0.06 m3/s (2 cu ft/s) 5 August 1976
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The River Meon is a river that flows through an area of Hampshire in southern England known as the Meon Valley, it flows generally southwards from the South Downs to the Solent. For most of its route it is a chalk stream, with a length of 21 miles (34 km).[2]


The River Meon rises approximately one mile (1.6 km) south of the village of East Meon. It first flows due north to that village, then northwest to West Meon, and southwest to Warnford before adopting its principal southwards flow. From Warnford the river flows through the villages of Exton, Corhampton and Meonstoke, Droxford, Wickham, and Titchfield. From Titchfield the river flows some 2 miles (3.2 km) through the marshes of the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve before entering the Solent through the small harbour at Hill Head.[3]


Until late in the 17th century, the River Meon was navigable as far as Titchfield, which at that time was a significant port. However silting started to restrict the passage of ships, and in order to maintain Titchfield's status as a port, the Earl of Southampton proposed that a canal should be constructed (Titchfield Canal). This canal opened in 1611 and was only the second canal existing in Britain at the time.[citation needed] The canal also suffered from silting, so the sea trade moved to nearby Southampton and Portsmouth. As part of the construction of the canal, the outfall of the River Meon to the sea was dammed, creating the wetlands that now form the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve.[2]

Gallery: the River Meon, from the South Downs to the Solent.
River Meon at East Meon
1. East Meon
River Meon upstream of the A32 roads bridge at Warnford
2. The Meon at Warnford
Bridge over River Meon at Soberton
3. Bridge over River Meon at Soberton
Upstream of River Meon as it crosses Ironmill Lane, Fareham, north of the M27 motorway
5. Fareham, north of the M27 motorway
River Meon flooding at the bottom of Fishers Hill, Catisfield
6. Flooding in Catisfield
River Meon at the Solent
8. River Meon at the Solent


  1. ^ Marsh, T; Hannaford, J, eds. (2008). UK Hydrometric Register (PDF). Hydrological data UK series. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. ISBN 978-0-9557672-2-7. 
  2. ^ a b Hampshire County Council (2006). Activities at Titchfield Haven - River Study. Retrieved March 19, 2005.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map 119 - Meon Valley, Portsmouth, Gosport & Fareham. ISBN 0-319-23596-3.

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