River Test

River Test

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The River Test in the Test Valley is one of Hampshire's finest chalk streams, world famous for its superb trout fishing. Most of which can be enjoyed along the Test Way, a 44 mile long distance trail that will take you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen, to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water.

The crystal-clear waters of the little streams, or bournes, are ideal for watercress growers and the numerous water meadows and tidal marshes are thick with wildlife, flora and fauna. Many wild birds and plants can be spotted along the River Test such as kingfishers, marsh harriers and litlle grebe, green-winged orchids and butterbur.

The river passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire, strewn with listed buildings, historic churches and houses. The river passes through the picturesque town of Romsey where you can cast your eyes on the abbey founded by Edward the Elder in the tenth century and Stockbridge close to Danebury, a large Iron Age hill fort from the sixth century BC. Both provide perfect places to stop for refreshments, visit antique shops, sample local crafts and foods or even stay for a night or two.