Test Way

A long distance path of 45 miles in Hampshire which follows the River Test upstream from Southampton Water to near to its source beyond Andover, and then continues on up to the North Wessex Downs. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Eling Wharf
Distance: 45 miles (72 km)
Grid Ref: SU366126
Climbing: 880 metres
Walk time: 18-22 hours
Days: 3-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Test Way is a 49 miles (79 km) long-distance footpath in England from Walbury Hill in West Berkshire to Eling in Hampshire. The northern end of the footpath starts in the car park on Walbury Hill. It passes through the towns of Romsey and Totton and the villages of Linkenholt, Ibthorpe, Hurstbourne Tarrant, St Mary Bourne, Longparish, Forton, Wherwell, Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Horsebridge and Mottisfont. The southern end of the footpath is at Eling Quay. The trail also passes alongside Horsebridge railway station. Much of the route between Kimbridge and Chilbolton follows the route of the former Andover and Redbridge Railway. The entire route is waymarked by metal and plastic disks found attached to wooden and metal posts, trees and street furniture. There are several wooden 'finger' signs along the route that countdown the number of miles along the footpath in both directions. (Source: Wikipedia)

Useful Links:
Test Way Booklet
Long Distance Walkers Association

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