The Test

Whitchurch to Andover

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Bridge over the River Test

Rare sighting of the Lesser Redpoll(?) near Tufton Hants ViviCam 5.199mp

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all hallows church in whitchurch

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silk mill in whitchurch

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st marys church in tufton

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thatched cottage 1

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young trees

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Whitchurch to Andover walk

Longparish, thatched cottages and the River Test

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.

Date # Post
Sat, 03-Sep-16 5

Saturday First Walk Whitchurch to Andover

Saturday First Walk Whitchurch to Andover T=1.48

Length: 11.8 miles (19km) rated 3 out of 10

"Longparish, thatched cottages & River Test"

You are recommended to use the download instructions, which have a number of changes from the book walk.

Travel: Get the 0950 Salisbury train from Waterloo (Clapham 0957) arriving Whitchurch 1051. Return trains are xx06 and xx38 to 1906, then 1945, 2045, 2145. 2247. Buy a return to Andover. Book your SWT £16 offer the day before.

Lunch: The Cricketers, Longparish (01264 720335). The pub seems to be under new owners since the walk was last updated, and now serves food all afternoon, according to its website. The Plough is possibly now open again, but I can't find a website for the new owners and the tenancy is still being advertised, so wouldn't rely on it (see here). Please check it out.


There is a walk comment saying that the path at point 68 is blocked, but it is still shown as a right of way on the OS map, so perhaps have a map with you. There are also some warnings about nettles.

Where are the downloadable instructions, please? Thank you.
http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book 1/walk 48/index.shtml

Sounds like an attractive walk.
Any way out at lunch time. lot of work to do .
jfk
PeteG, Sun 04 Sep 16, 12:13

Just 5 and one of those was planning a walk on their own. Some light rain before lunch and a friendly welcome at The Cricketers. The Ploughman is now open again (not Monday), with a barefoot landlord and a sign saying walkers welcome. Heavier rain on the approach to Andover.
5 some heavy rain
Just 5 and one of those was planning a walk on their own. Some light rain before lunch and a friendly welcome at The Cricketers. The Ploughman is now open again (not Monday), with a barefoot landlord and a sign saying walkers welcome. Heavier rain on the approach to Andover.
A very pleasant aerating walk although the first part near the river Test far outstrips the second half. We were joined by a marathon runner from Hungary.
jfk
Sat, 30-May-15 19

Saturday First Walk Mayflies on the test hopefully





19.0km (11.8 miles)


Explorers 131 & 144 or Landranger 185.


From London Waterloo catch the 09:50 to Salisbury (leaving Woking 10:16) arriving at Whitchurch (Hants) 10:51.
Return trains from Andover are at xx:06 and xx:38 until 19:06 when they are hourly at xx:45 until 22:45
Buy a day return to Andover.

I post this walk in the hope that the Mayfly ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly ) will hatch this weekend and the trout should rise to catch them on the Test river
It looks like the mayfly have arrived so this Saturday should be good for them
http://testvalleyriverkeeper.blogspot.co.uk/2015_05_01_archive.html
Aside from time spent on the Test there is also some wonderful scenery and villages so a treat for the eyes and quite a gentle walk.
At lunchtime the walk comes to so many thatched cottages that a visitor to this country might suppose thatch to be the most popular roofing material for English country villages.
Stocks for the punishment of offenders were erected in every village during the reign of Edward III. Those in Longparish are among the few still remaining.




Lunch
Best if you phone to check that they will have room for you when you set off from the station
From the comments

Cricketers Inn ( 01264720335 )
01264720335
I recommend as an excellent pub, which good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. No local ale on offer though, unfortunately

Plough Inn ( http://theploughinn.info/index.html 01264720358 ) lunch was very good and not horrendously expensive. The waiter/ress service was very good with free wonderful freshly baked bread rolls and a little petit fours at the end of homemade fudge for each of us.

Tea
There are a selection of tea shops in Andover.

See here for the walk directions and more details.

Time flies like an arrow
Fruit flies like a banana
19 on this walk sunny and cloudy. It was summertime but the fish weren’t a jumping. Well not much anyway. We could see them in the water but Saturday must be their day off. No mayfly boom either. (That’s probably where they get their name, may fly, may not.) In Longparish, one walker tried out the stocks. Anyone know where they keep the keys? We stopped at the second pub the Plough. I wasn’t hugely impressed with the minimal selection of beer and I’m told there were no vegetarian items on the menu. But it was pleasant sitting in the garden. Nice windows in Longparish church.
The Copper Kettle was closed when we got to Andover but there were plenty of alternatives.

it was a very pleasant day for a walk, sunny but with a slight breeze. We also had lunch at the Plough where they did not mind I had a picnic in their garden while looking at some fab towering burgers and fries while discussing nice caffs on the coast of the Cape Peninsula, slightly bizarre. The walk itself was disappointing in the sense that there was too much road or lane walking, quite hard on the feet/knees/legs. The views nearer to Andover became quite nice with rolling countryside after a long walk through a wood.
Sat, 19-Jul-14 0 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 17-Aug-13 6 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 15-Sep-12 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 22-Oct-11 Whitchurch to Andover
Sun, 10-Jul-11 Whitchurch to Andover
Sun, 12-Jun-11 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 02-Oct-10 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 03-Oct-09 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 15-Nov-08 Whitchurch to Andover
Sun, 16-Mar-08 Whitchurch to Andover
Sun, 15-Jul-07 Whitchurch to Andover
Sat, 10-Mar-07 Whitchurch to Andover