Overton a walk for wet days

A short history of Overton

Overton is a large village and parish in Hampshire, located west of the town of Basingstoke and east of Whitchurch.

The village contains many smaller hamlets: Southington, Northington, Ashe, Polhampton and Quidhampton. The River Test rises about a mile east of Overton at Ashe. The River Test is a chalk stream world-famous for its trout fishing. It is generally regarded as the birthplace of modern fly fishing.


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Turn right out of the car park to the traffic lights.

Turn left onto Winchester Street and turn right at the Greyhound pub onto Greyhound Lane. Continue straight ahead at the crossroads onto Dellands. When the road bears sharp right, take the track immediately ahead. Ignore the first footpath on the right.

At the T-junction take the left hand path for approximately one mile. Turn right and take the metalled road which runs between fields of livestock. The road bears right after ¾ mile, continue along the road, passing Abra Barrow and Turrell Hill Farm. Take the green lane on the right and then the first footpath on the left between two banked hedges down to the B3400.

Cross the road and follow Southington Lane onto Silk Mill Lane. At the T-junction, turn right which becomes Church Road passing Court Farm and St. Mary’s Church. At the end of Church Lane, turn right and follow the road back to the traffic lights, then retrace your steps back to the car park.