Eling Photowalk Sat 23 Oct 2021
If you’ve never been to Eling in Southampton, now’s your chance to put things right!
And if you already know it, you’ll need little persuasion.
There is a lot to see and photograph there, all in a compact space with very handy facilities.
Text and images by Helen Bonner
Meeting place and walk
We’ll meet in the free Eling car park by the bridge and spend some time on the bridge itself.
Note: To avoid paying the Toll, approach Eling Car Park from the South.
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- Then we’ll walk up to the church and its atmospheric graveyard;
- Ten down to Goatee Beach on Southampton water, where you’ll see estuary sights as well as many shipping containers, fine electricity pylons, and the gleaming dome of the Marchwood incinerator.
- We’ll wander back to base.
After a coffee at the mill café, those who are up for the £7 entry fee can enter the mill itself, which offers very different opportunities to photograph wooden machinery, mill stones et al over 3 floors, and then go into the Visitors’ Centre to learn more and to play more with hands-on models.
There is a very pleasant walk around Bartley Water, the inlet on the other side of the bridge, used as the millpond.
Following a lottery grant this is now fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs: https://www.elingexperience.co.uk/walks.
There are also two pubs, one by the water, so a pub lunch is an option.
If we’re in luck we may see a container ship being loaded/unloaded, the toll collector who crafts walking sticks – and even the two dogs that I saw with wheel prostheses! What more could you want?!
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