A county in central southern England that takes its name from the area that today makes up the city of Southampton.
Winchester, the county town, was once the capital of England, and remains a beautiful old cathedral city.
With lofty chalk downs bordering Berkshire to the north, the lands falls away to the south and gently rolling heath land and woodland. The latter forming the New Forest, a 140-square-mile stretch of land extending from the Avon valley to Southampton Water.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Hampshire:
Royal Oak, Langstone © Peter Trimming
St Mary’s Church, Itchen Stoke © Peter Trimming
Portsmouth Harbour © Peter Trimming
Southampton City Wall © Malcolm Grant