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South Test Valley

Test Valley
   

To the north west of Southampton trough the hills of the Test Valley, with some nice climbs

Leaving Basset cross the sports centre near Lord's Wood (40/17), and cycle trough the wood on the bridle way to the east. In Nursling (38/16) turn north and stay on small roads to reach Romsey (36/21). At the first round about turn west and after leaving the town turn right onto A27. Follow it up the hill till a small road heads south again. Via Redwood Lane and Romsey Road cycle on to West Wellow (29/19) and south Nomansland (25/18). From there use the bridle ways to get westwards to Lover (21/20) where this trip turns finally north first on the road, but soon off road. After climbing Pepperbox Hill (21/25) with his beautiful view the track turns east but soon a junction joins the road that leads to the next track going north to East Grimstead (23/28). In Farley two km north a track enters Hound Wood turning east to Bentley Wood (25/31). Keeping along its edge Middle Winterslow (25/33) can be reached where the Monarchs Way turns east. After Buckolt Farm a cycling trail leads north again to Over Wallop (28/38). Stay on the cycling trail till getting to Old Stockbridge Road that turns easwards to Kensboro. Still staying on the cycling track eastwards the river Test is reached where a turn to the south starts the return. In Stockbridge (36/35) take the road the parallels the Test way and ends in King's Somborne (36/31). Over Ashley (38/31) a C road joins the Calderon way that leads in a steep climb up Bacon Hill and down to Farley Farm (40/28). Keep going south on a the road to Lower Slackstead and than on Clypit Road to Ampfield (40/23). The A3090 and Hook Road lead to Chandler's Ford (42/23) that can be surrounded on Knightwood road. After Chandler's Ford, use the cycle path beside Castle Lane to the west and than the bridle way up to Chillworth (41/19). From there only a short distance is left to get back to Southampton.


   

Time: 8 h

Distance: 105 km

Map: OS Explorer OL22, OS Explorer 131, OS Explorer 132


 

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