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What Is Life Like In Waterlooville?
Waterlooville is a large Hampshire town located a stone’s throw from the south coast, between Portsmouth and the picturesque South Downs. Twinned with Maurepas in France and Henstedt-Ulzburg in Germany, Waterlooville is a haven for first time buyers and those looking to settle down. The population of 60,000 includes a number of the neighbouring towns and villages such as Purbrook, Havant and Cosham. As the area’s main town, the range of things to do is as vast as the area’s idyllic countryside. The town offers a beautiful setting for commuters looking for access to London, Southampton and Portsmouth.
History Of Waterlooville
Waterlooville is a relatively young community, with roots dating back to just 1815. Up until 1810, the forest of Bere had stood in place of the town, whereupon it was divided into plots and sold for building. One of the first structures along the route to London was named the Heroes of Waterloo soon after the famous battle of Waterloo was fought. The name became synonymous with the area and the settlement eventually became known as Waterloo, and then later Waterlooville.
Days Out In Waterlooville
Residents of Waterlooville can expect days out combining the Hampshire landscape and the bustling nearby towns and cities.
Waterlooville sits on the edge of the South Downs National Park, meaning an incredible variety of hiking, camping and mountain biking activities are within easy grasp. Both Southampton and Portsmouth are within easy reach of the town – offering a range of museums, theatres, shopping, music, and sports (including Brighton & Hove FC and Southampton FC). Portsmouth is well known for its dockyard and maritime museums as well as its rich history of famous literary residents. The Dickens Trail, in particular, chronicles locations and buildings of importance to the author Charles Dickens.
The Isle of Wight is a prime location for lovers of outdoor adventure. The island offers quality water sport opportunities, such as kayaking, sailing and surfing. Hovertravel run hovercraft from Southsea terminal, whisking you to and from the isle in just 10 minutes. Ferries also depart from Portsmouth, allowing you to easily bring your car or bicycle for a drive or cycle around the island.
Things To Do In Waterlooville
Hampshire is known for its selection of incredible pub dining environments. The Mead End and The Hampshire Hog are two of Waterlooville’s best traditional eateries. The South Downs College restaurant café and bar is set within the South Downs College, and serves award-winning contemporary food.
Waterlooville residents have the choice of three gyms. The Horizon Leisure Centre also offers a number of swimming, yoga and spinning activities. Sports are in abundance and you can expect clubs and competitive activities including Judo, Karate and Kickboxing, Waterllooville Cricket Club, Waterlooville Football Club and Waterlooville Snooker Club.
The Golf Course is more than 6,000 yards of challenging parkland in the Hampshire countryside. Spanning eighteen unique holes, this club is located on the outskirts of the town, reaching out towards the South Downs.
Schools In Waterlooville
Waterlooville and the neighbouring areas of Sussex offer excellent educational facilities.
Nurseries and Preschools include:
- Anders House Opportunity Pre-School
- Anns Womble Nursery
- Bushytails Pre-school
- Catherington Nursery
Primary schools include:
- Catherington Church of England Infant School
- Clanfield Junior School
- Denmead Infant School
- Hart Plain Infant School
Secondary schools and higher education include:
- Cowplain Community School
- Horndean Technology College
- Crookhorn College Of Technology
- Purbrook Park School
- South Downs College
Transport In Waterlooville
Waterlooville has a range of effective transport links to England and abroad.
The nearest railway stations to Waterlooville are Bedhampton, Cosham, Havant, and Rowlands Castle. Commutes to London can take between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours. Southampton can be reached in 40 minutes and Portsmouth between 22 – 30 minutes depending on the departing station.
Bus And Coaches
Waterlooville benefits from a comprehensive network of bus services run by Emsworth & District, First and Stagecoach. These operators link the town with the surrounding areas of Hampshire, including Southampton, Portsmouth and Chichester.
Southampton Airport is the closest international airport, at 15 miles away. Bournemouth Airport and London Gatwick are 36 and 41 miles away, respectively. All are easily accessible by train and car.
Waterlooville straddles the M3 motorway, which travels from the south coast to the heart of London, a journey which can be travelled in approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Portsmouth is a brief 15 minute journey via the A3 and the A27 – a road which also makes Brighton and Southampton directly accessible.
Portsmouth harbour offers a range of international ferry services to Spain and France, as well as Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Wight.