• A riverside walk to a great pub: the John O'Gaunt Inn, Hampshire

    7 days ago - By The Guardian

    The limpid waters of the River Test link a stroll over chalk hills to a pub serving fine rustic roasts Rivers are marked in blue on maps, but close up, they often disappoint, their water an opaque mud-brown. But chalk streams look like rivers in a child's picture book, sparkling and shallow, with gravel beds and lush water weed bathed in sunlight shining through limpid water. They owe their resemblance to a stiff G&T to permeable chalk bedrock that lets rainwater drain away without washing mud or silt into the waterways. The world has about 210 chalk streams, and 76% of them are in...
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