In the picturesque landscape of the Test Valley in west Hampshire, the River Test meanders through ancient woodlands, tranquil water meadows and rolling chalk hills.
Thatched cottages and welcoming pubs in Test Valley's picturesque villages add to the area's charm and there are attractions for all ages, such as The Hawk Conservancy Trust, the rose gardens at Mottisfont and Whitchurch Silk Mill.
Enjoy the countryside
Opportunities for walking, horse riding and cycling are abundant in the Test Valley with highlights being the 44-mile Test Way and the annual Test Valley Tour.
Test Valley is most famous for its fly fishing and the clear chalk streams of the Test and its tributaries yield up an abundance of brown trout, grayling and salmon.
There are also many beautiful churches in the Test Valley which can be explored on a countryside walk. Download this handy guide and explore the architecture and history of the parish churches of the Test Valley.
Don't forget to visit lovely Stockbridge, with its shops, tea rooms and restaurants, and the Houghton Club, the oldest fishing club in England.
In the pretty town of Romsey you can explore the Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre, the magnificent Norman Abbey and Broadlands, the former home of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The Wallops are attractive villages skirting a small chalk stream and one of them, Middle Wallop, is home to a World War II airfield and the Museum of Army Flying.
Many visitors also flock to the small church of St Margaret's in East Wellow near Romsey, where Florence Nightingale was buried. Florence's family owned nearby Embley Park, now a school, and at the church you can see artefacts relating to her life.
Back for summer 2014, there is a free bus service available which will take the public from Romsey train station to Longstock Park in Stockbridge via Mottisfont and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. The service will be available every Sunday and bank holiday between 4th May and 21st September 2014. Download the free bus timetable.
Situated on the River Test and surrounded by picturesque rolling countryside, Whitchurch is Hampshire’s smallest town. Early settlements here date from around 400BC, and there is also evidence of a Roman...
Andover is an attractive market town in the north of the beautiful Test Valley in Hampshire and has a rich heritage dating back to Saxon times. During the 18th century the town was an important stop-over...
The pretty Hampshire town of Stockbridge lies midway between Andover and Romsey in the stunning Test Valley. The lovely chalk streams of the upper River Test, famed for its excellent fly-fishing, flow...