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The River Loddon is a river in the Englishmarker counties of Berkshire and Hampshire. It is a tributary of the River Thames, rising within the urban area of Basingstokemarker and flowing to meet the Thames near the village of Wargravemarker. The river has a total length of 28 miles and, together with its tributaries, drains an area of 1036 kmĀ².

The River Loddon rises at West Ham Farm in Basingstoke, and in its first mile flows under the Festival Placemarker shopping centre that forms the main part of the central area of that town. The river then passes close by the village of Old Basingmarker and the ruined palace of Basing Housemarker. Leaving the environs of Basingstoke behind, the river flows north through open north Hampshire countryside and passes near by the village of Sherfield on Loddonmarker. North of Sherfield the river passes through the ornamental grounds of Stratfield Saye Housemarker, the home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.

Entering Berkshire, the river passes the village of Swallowfieldmarker. Just north of Swallowfield the River Loddon is joined by the River Blackwatermarker which adds substantially to its flow. The river then flows close to the east of the Berkshiremarker suburbs of Earleymarker and Woodleymarker, to the west of Winnershmarker, and through Dinton Pastures Country Parkmarker. Shortly after this, near the village of Hurstmarker it is joined by the Emm Brookmarker. The river then flows close to the village of Twyfordmarker and is joined by the St Patrick's Streammarker, a backwater of the River Thames. About a mile further on it flows into the main channel of the Thames, just downstream of Shiplake Lockmarker and close to the village of Wargrave.

Whilst chalk underlies much of the River Loddon's catchment area, it only appears at the surface at either end of the river, near Wargrave and Basingstoke. For the rest of its course the chalk lies beneath the Reading Beds and London Clay. The terrace gravels of the Loddon valley have been extracted in a number of places, including the lakes within Dinton Pastures Country Park.

The catchment area of the River Loddon encompasses urban populations in Basingstoke and eastern Reading, whilst the urban areas of Aldershotmarker, Fleetmarker, Camberleymarker and Farnboroughmarker all lie within the catchment area of the tributary River Blackwater. As a consequence the Loddon receives treated sewage effluent at nine locations, one just downstream of Basingstoke, a second at Wargrave, and seven indirectly via the Blackwater.

See also


  1. Explorer Map 144 - Basingstoke, Alton & Whitchurch. Ordnance Survey (2005). ISBN 0-319-23606-4.
  2. Explorer Map 159 - Reading. Ordnance Survey (2006). ISBN 0-319-23730-3.

External links

  • for the source of the River Loddon.
  • for the mouth of the River Loddon.

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