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Brown trout at Fulling Mill

20-May-09 • Sean O'Neill

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Bere Mill on River Test

01-Feb-09 • Sean O'Neill

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

01-Feb-09 • Sean O'Neill

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Footpath to All Hallows Church, Whitchurch

11-Feb-10 • Sean O'Neill

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River Test at Tufton

10-Mar-12 • Sean O'Neill

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Book 3, Walk 53, Whitchurch to Overton

A good walk for trout-spotting, Midweek Day Walk, 17 Sept '07.

17-Sep-08 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 53, Whitchurch to Overton

Little did this mallard realise but dinner time was approaching and the trout were getting hungry... The River Test, Midweek Day Walk, 17 Sept '07.

17-Sep-08 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Overton to Whitchurch walk

An easy walk down the Test valley which passes many interesting mills, old and new.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sun, 23-Dec-18

Mills on the River Test

Overton to Whitchurch, omitting Tufton
Length: 12.8km (7.9 miles) or 17km (10.6 miles) Toughness: 2/10

This is an easy walk along the upper reaches of the River Test that passes many interesting mills, old and new. Today’s walk omits.the afternoon loop out to the hamlet of Tufton, though you could incorporate this if you walk briskly and don’t spend too long over lunch. Another afternoon alternative (14.5km total length) takes you to Fulling Mill.

Whitchurch Silk Mill, which has been closed this year for major refurbishment, is now open again (£7 or £6, last admission 4:00pm) and has a tearoom (open till 5:00pm) that can be visited without paying the admission charge.

The suggested lunchtime pub is the Watership Down Inn (01256 892254) in the village of Freefolk, after 7¼ km. A former regular patron was the author Richard Adams. Do ring to reserve a table before leaving Overton. If it is fully booked, you will need to continue into Whitchurch for a late lunch unless you are carrying a packed lunch.

09:43 Poole train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 09:52), changing at Basingstoke (arr 10:42, dep 10:51) to arrive at Overton at 11:00.

Return trains direct from Whitchurch to Waterloo are at 15:21 and 17:23. Other services at 16:15, 18:14 and 19:16 involve a change at Basingstoke. Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Whitchurch.

You can find further information and the walk directions
here.

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Sun, 21-Jan-18

Sunday Walk: Overton to Whitchurch

Overton to Whitchurch
Length: 17km (10.6 miles) Toughness: 3/10

This is an easy walk down the Test valley that passes many interesting mills, old and new. There are options for shortening the walk in the afternoon.

The suggested lunchtime pub is the Watership Down Inn (01256 892254) in the village of Freefolk, after 7¼ km.

10:15 Exeter St David’s train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 10:22) arriving Overton at 11:15.

Return trains direct from Whitchurch to Waterloo are at 14:52, 16:52 and 18:52 (journey time 67 mins). If you miss one of these, the alternative to a long wait is to take a train to Andover at 15:20, 17:20 or 19:20 and change there for a fast train to Waterloo (journey time 1 hour 39 mins). Buy an off-peak day return to Whitchurch.

You can find further information and the walk directions
here.
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Looks like a rail replacement bus beyond Woking this morning
Sun, 08-Jan-17 5

Sunday Walk 2 – Picturesque mills in the Test valley

Extra Walk 53b – Whitchurch Circular
Length: 12 km (7.5 miles). Toughness: 2/10

10:15 Yeovil Junction train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:24), arriving Whitchurch (Hants) at 11:20.

Return trains from Whitchurch are every two hours, at 14:52, 16:52, etc. There's also an infrequent Sunday bus service (76) from Whitchurch to Basingstoke, but unhelpfully at about the same time as the trains (14:24 & 16:54).

This short version of the Overton-Whitchurch walk never strays too far from the Test valley, where you can usually summon large numbers of hungry trout by scattering a few breadcrumbs onto the river.

You'll need to call the popular Watership Down Inn if you want to be sure of a pub lunch; if they're fully booked you might as well turn round at Bere Mill (skipping the loop out to Freefolk), then make your way to one of the hostelries in Whitchurch.

Those who just want a brisk walk and a brief stop for lunch should be able to catch the 14:52 back to London, but if you've got time to kill before the 16:52 you could visit Whitchurch's main attraction, its working Silk Mill. You can get refreshments at the mill, and there's also an independent coffee shop in the town centre as well as several pubs.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 53 page. Clicking "Circular" on the Walk Options heading will hide the directions for the longer walk options. T=swc.53.b
anyone doing this walk pls?
I am interested in doing this walk jfk However there seems to be a problem with trains to Clapham Junction and weather seems a little off putting
5 for this walk cloudy damp but not really raining Slightly muddy underfoot. A brief stop at the Watership Down Inn. No tables but we could have eaten at the bar. However we decided to press on. Reached Whitchurch in time for the 14:52
Sat, 14-Feb-15 19 Overton to Whitchurch
Wed, 27-Aug-14 Overton to Whitchurch
Sun, 20-Oct-13 3 Overton to Whitchurch, with alternative afternoon
Sat, 02-Feb-13 0 Overton to Whitchurch, with alternative afternoon
Sat, 10-Mar-12 Overton to Whitchurch
Sun, 12-Feb-12 Overton to Whitchurch (short walk, omitting Tufton)
Sat, 20-Nov-10 Whitchurch Circular
Sun, 22-Aug-10 Overton to Whitchurch
Sat, 28-Nov-09 Overton to Whitchurch, with alternative afternoon
Sun, 12-Jul-09 Overton to Whitchurch
Wed, 20-May-09 Overton to Whitchurch
Sun, 01-Feb-09 Whitchurch Circular
Sat, 18-Oct-08 Overton to Whitchurch
Wed, 17-Sep-08 Overton to Whitchurch