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The Solent

The Solent is anchored around the Isle of Wight, the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the New Forest, the M27 corridor and the Solent waterway. Representing a coastal economic area of approximately 600 square miles, it contains the New Forest National Park, is bordered by the South Downs National Park, and has a natural geography comprising three islands and two peninsulas with renowned heritage, countryside and coastline.