Opening times for 5 December 2023
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Use Lion's Den car park, off Cow Drove Hill road near Stockbridge High Street
Dogs welcome on a lead or under close control to protect livestock
Car park. Established footpaths. Rough ground. Wet and boggy areas.
Established footpaths create walking routes, with some rough ground. Can become wet and boggy due to the nature of the site
Romsey/Stockbridge road A3057. From Romsey, go round the roundabout back towards Romsey, then take your next right towards Marsh Court. The car park is on your right, after about 1,090yd (1,000m)
Parking: Use Lion's Den car park, off Cow Drove Hill Road.
You can access Stockbridge Marsh from the Test Way, a national footpath of around 44 miles (70km) which can be walked from Eling, Southampton to Inkpen Beacon, near Andover.
The National Cycle Network route for the Test Way passes the boundary of Stockbridge Marsh. (Please note, no cycling permitted on site).
Well-behaved dogs are always welcome, kept under control to help protect wildlife and livestock. Professional dog walkers can also use this site, if licensed with us.
Marsh Court stream
This tributary of the River Test runs along the western boundary.
Unimproved wet grassland and fen-like vegetation, with herb-rich hummocky areas.
The Marsh is common land, grazed by cattle and horses, allowing a wider diversity of flora species to thrive.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest in the peaty river valley of the River Test. A rich wetland habitat, the Marsh consists of unimproved wet grassland and fen-like vegetation.
Stockbridge Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the valley of the River Test. The Marsh consists of unimproved wet grassland and fen-like vegetation.
The western edge is bordered by Marsh Court River, a tributary of the Test. Reeds and marginal vegetation between the river and grassland are a valuable habitat for invertebrates. Wild brown trout, salmon, water voles and kingﬁshers frequent the chalk stream.
Stockbridge Marsh is Common land. People who live within the parish boundaries can graze their animals here. It's an important part of our site management, helping a wide range of ﬂora to thrive.
Adjacent to the Test Way, the Marsh is a popular place to walk or picnic by the river.
We’re doing lots of work to look after the countryside sites of Stockbridge Down, Stockbridge Marsh and Curbridge Nature Reserve in order to provide key habitats for rare species.