Dean to Mottisfont walk
Remote West Hampshire: varied Woodlands, the scenic valleys of the Wallop Brook and the Dun and Test Rivers and Broughton Down Nature Reserve
|Length||27.7 km (17.2 mi), with 438/451m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||7 out of 10, with 6 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 11 ½ hours.|
This walk explores woods and rolling chalk hills in the Dun, Wallop Brook and Test Valleys of remote West Hampshire. Rising out of the Dun Valley through varied woods and along field boundaries and farm tracks (some tarmacked), the walk takes on a very different aspect upon approaching the steep sided chalk downs near Broughton, with splendid views north east across the Wallop Brook valley. After lunch in Broughton you follow the rim of the wide valley south easterly to cross the meadows of the Test River, Hampshire's longest and finest chalk stream. The Test – popular with swimmers in the summer – is a prominent feature of the afternoon, as its several arms are crossed twice.
A shorter route, cutting out parts of the afternoon, is described.
A Shortcut reduces the walk by 5.1 km (3.2 mi), the ascent/descent by 111m and the rating to 5/10.
|Maps||OS Explorer: 131 (Romsey, Andover & Test Valley)
OS Landranger: 184 (Salisbury & The Plain) and 185 (Winchester & Basingstoke)
Dean Station, map reference SU 256 270, is 12 km east south east of Salisbury, 22 km north west of Southampton, 39m above sea level, and in Wiltshire, right on the boundary with Hampshire; Mottisfont & Dunbridge Station, map reference SU 318 261, is 6 km east of Dean Station, 26m above sea level and in West Hampshire. Both are on the Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton Central (via Salisbury) Wessex Main Line. Journey times to Dean are from 107 minutes Monday to Saturday (hourly service in each direction: either changing at Salisbury or at Southampton Central) and from 120 minutes Sundays. Journey times from Mottisfont & Dunbridge are from 113 minutes Monday to Saturday and from 118 minutes Sundays. Buy a Mottisfont & Dunbridge return.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.20 hours.
The Mill Arms Inn Barley Hill, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LF (01794 340 401). The Mill Arms is a 19th century inn with flagstone floors, oak beams, open fire, conservatory and a three-tiered garden, 50m beyond the station.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk