Holbrook & Stutton, a set on Flickr.
Today we took advantage of the sunny weather to do a 4 mile circular walk beside the River Stour and Alton Water taking in Lower Holbrook, Holbrook Creek, Stutton, Alton Water and Holbrook.
Starting out at Holbrook Creek the path runs along the top of the river wall giving great views out over the Stour on one side and the grounds of the Royal Hospital School on the other. The RHS, originally created for the sons of officers and men in the Navy and Marines, moved here from Greenwich in the early 1930’s.
The route then turns inland passing St Peter’s Church, Stotton and Stotton House (mentioned in the Doomsday Book), along a wooded lane and onto Alton Water Reservoir which supplies drinking water to the majority of homes in the south-east of the county and is a popular spot for boating, biking and walking.
Crossing the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir the walk continues down into Holbrook, through a tree plantation and past the 15th-century Holbrook Mill, now residential but an operational mill for some four hundred years.
The final 1,000 yards has you follow the mill brook as it winds it’s way down to Lower Holbrook to conclude the walk back at Holbrook Creek.