River Alre

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Coordinates: 51°05′31″N 1°10′37″W / 51.092°N 1.177°W / 51.092; -1.177

Alre Valley

The River Alre (also, occasionally, Arle[1]) is a river in the English county of Hampshire. It is a tributary of the River Itchen, which it joins just downstream of the town of New Alresford. Previously the Itchen itself was referred to as the River Alre.[2][3] Daniel Defoe mentions the river in his book A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain.[4]

The river is a classic English chalk stream with shallow gravel bottom and fast flowing waters fed year round by chalk springs.


  1. ^ "About Alresford". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Knight, Charles (1867). Geography: The English Cyclopaedia, Volume IV. London: Bradbury, Evans. p. 631. 
  3. ^ Camden, William (1586). Britannia. 
  4. ^ Defoe, Daniel (1724–1727). A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain.