We've bought together some of the fascinating facts about the county of Hampshire, one of the largest English counties (9th by size area). Set mid-way along the south coast of the UK, it is home to ancient forests, rolling chalk downs, cities, steeped in history and beautiful countryside. Winchester, set in the centre of the county, is just an hour on the train from England's capital city of London, so makes a perfect place to be based to explore Hampshire.
Hampshire, which covers an area of 1,420 square miles .........
Has 5,500 miles of roads
Has 240 miles of coastline
Has 2 National Parks - the New Forest National Park and the South Downs National Park. These cover 45% of the county
Has 4,000 miles of footways and cycle ways
Has 2,000 bridges
Operates 465 county council managed schools
Has 11 Districts or Boroughs
Has 96,000 businesses based here
A population of 1.4 million people
Has 3 cities - Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester
Welcomes over 11,000,000 people to the city of Portsmouth each year
Has a high point of just 286 metres above sea level
Is home to 2 of the most famous chalk streams in the world - the River Itchen and the River Test. There are only 200 chalk streams in the whole world!
Currently (2023) has only one football team in the Premiere League - Southampton FC, based at St. Mary's Stadium. Portsmouth FC, based at Fratton Park are currently in Division 1
Will welcome an anticipated 250,000 people arriving by cruise ship in to Portsmouth in 2023
An amazing history, including being the place that the Spitfire plane was designed and built and first flown on 5th March 1936
Is home to Hendog; a mysterious street artist who paints under the cover of darkness
Plays hosts to many festivals throughout the year including Boomtown music festival, the Southampton Lantern Festival and Victorious music festival in Portsmouth
Hampshire has 11 boroughs / districts:
Borough of Havant / Borough of Gosport / Borough of Rushmoor / Borough of Basingstoke and Deane / Borough of Eastleigh / New Forest District / Borough of Fareham / Borough of Test Valley / East Hampshire District / Winchester District / Hart District
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