From Inkpen Beacon in the north to Eling in the south the Test Way passes through some of Hampshire's finest countryside. From high on chalk downs the route descends to pretty villages along the Bourne Rivulet before encountering the river Test itself at Longparish. After further picturesque villages of Wherwell and Chilbolton the way tracks a stretch of dismantled railway leading to Stockbridge where streams containing trout course alongside the wide street. The route leaves the railway track at Lower Brook, a delightful spot. The Test Way continues to Mottisfont, a small village dominated by Motttisfont Abbey famous for its walled rose garden. Further south is Romsey a thriving market town with its own 12th century Abbey, now the parish church. The last section passes through an open marshy meadow, part nature reserve, continues through Totton before terminating at the tidal waters of Southampton at Eling.
Walks along the Test Way is a handy A5 booklet containing 9 circular walks and 1 linear walk ranging from 8.5 to 11 miles. Price £3.50 plus 60p p&p obtainable from the address below.
The Clarendon Way is a 24-mile walk connecting the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester. It derives its name from Clarendon Park which once contained a royal residence used as a hunting lodge, now just a ruin. Running west to east the Clarendon Way delivers a wide variety of scenery, from down lands with outstanding views, quiet country villages, ancient tracks and woodlands to valley water meadows. The route passes near the hospital of St Cross, the oldest charitable institution in the country and finishes at the magnificent cathedral in Winchester.
The Clarendon Way contains 6 circular walks from 8 to 13 miles and is available, price £3.25 plus 60p p&p, from Peter Radburn, 31 Hillcrest Avenue, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 2JS .