The second leg of our 2019 Walking Challenge - The Test Way. Today, Brenda will guide us on a nine mile walk taking in three picturesque Hampshire village, from Hurstbourne Tarrant via St Mary Bourne to Longparish.
From Hurstbourne Tarrant, the path crosses the valley and heads steeply uphill to the copses of Wallop Hill Down. From the top we should have a postcard view of the village nestling below. We will then descend into St Mary Bourne which straggles alongside the course of the Bourne Rivulet. There are views downstream to the huge nine-arch viaduct at Hurstbourne Priors and the many watercress beds. We will walk farm tracks crossing one of the great prehistoric roads, the Harrow Way before passing through more farmland and around the beautiful eastern edge of Harewood Forest, a remnant of ancient coppiced woodland. Our destination is Longparish with its many listed buildings, including the early 13th century church of St Nicholas.
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. If you'd like to book the whole challenge - please use this link
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.