Test Way - St Mary Bourne to Longparish

A short history of the Test Way

The Test Way is a 44 mile long-distance walking route. The walk begins high on the chalk downs at Inkpen and follows much of the course of the River Test to Eling. Here the river's tidal waters flow into Southampton Water.

This is Hampshire's longest and finest chalk stream, world famous for its superb trout fishing. The Way has been divided into 8 sections, each providing a really good day-out. Choose between water meadows or tidal marshes, steep hills with exhilarating views or cool peaceful woodland. Or relax in a cosy pub or with a riverbank picnic. The route passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire, strewn with listed buildings, historic churches and houses. It is well sign posted and waymarked. Horse-riders and cyclists can also use some parts.


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Over the river, you can walk the farm tracks crossing one of the great prehistoric roads, the Harrow Way.

Pass through more farmland and around the beautiful eastern edge of Harewood Forest, a remnant of ancient coppiced woodland. You will then come to Longparish with its many listed buildings, including the early 13th century church of St Nicholas.

The path brings you straight to The Plough pub garden.