The third leg of our 2019 Walking Challenge - The Test Way. Today, Brenda will guide us on an eight mile walk from Longparish to Stockbridge.
We start in the village of Longparish with its many listed buildings, including the early 13th century church of St Nicholas, and we'll walk through the pretty hamlet of Forton on the banks of the Test. From there, we'll enter the lovely Harewood Forest on Second World War concrete tracks, used to conceal vehicles from snooping enemy aircraft before leaving the woods to walk along pleasant old farm lanes back into the valley to Wherwell. The route then runs behind the village and crosses the different branches of the river via footbridges, past Chilbolton Common, skirting Chilbolton and its Observatory before reaching West Down from where we'll follow an old dismantled railway line down to Stockbridge. The river is always beside you, peeping through the trees, passing the villages of Leckford and, across the river, Longstock, before reaching Stockbridge. The wide main street here rests on a chalk causeway built over the seven streams that make up the River Test. The water criss-crosses the high street.
Priority for spaces on the walk will go to those who are booked for the Test Way Challenge, but some spaces for this individual section are available if you're not able to join us for the whole challenge.
NOTE - We meet at the END of the walk and will then car share to the start. Those whose cars remain at the end will need to give the others a lift back to the start at the end of the walk, so that they can collect their cars.