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~~~~~ Wickham to Droxford ~~~~~

Approaching Droxford Station ~ The Meon Valley branch line from Fareham to Alton closed in the 1960s, with the rails now gone the trackbed is used as a 11 mile path between West Meon and Wickham.


Now a private house, the old Meon Valley railway station at Droxford. A few days prior to D-Day a train carrying Prime Minister Winston Churchill with members of his war cabinet arrived at Droxford to visit troops in the area and hold last minute talks with the Overlord commanders.


The Hurdles, one of the three pubs in the area photographed from the disused railway bridge passing over the Droxford to Hambledon road.


The walk into the village continues for a short while along the banks of the River Meon.


The beautiful Old Mill Cottage with an interesting set of four offset chimneys.


Droxford is one of the villages that sit alongside the River Meon, with Georgian houses filling many of its narrow streets.


A small plaque on the seat gives a hint of the village's connection with D-Day.




The mainly Norman church of St. Mary and All Saints.


The village became a favourite place in the mid 17th century for Izaak Walton, who often came to fish the River Meon which he considered "the best in England for trout".


A Large Red Damselfly.


A final photograph of the River Meon as it flows south towards Hill Head Harbour and the Solent.

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