The Test Valley is one of the best kept secrets in Hampshire, nestled between Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest, and is only an hours drive from London. The area is characterised by its wonderful countryside and attractive villages, the famous River Test and bustling market towns of Andover, Stockbridge and Romsey. The varied landscape and gentle climate of the area creates a relaxed all year round location for walking, cycling and exploring the history and heritage of Southern England. The Test Valley has a wealth of quality accommodation and a range of award winning attractions.
If you are keen to explore the beautiful Test Valley, there is no better way than to go by foot or cycle. Walking and cycling are also great ways to keep active and can be enjoyed on your own or with friends or family. For your health and enjoyment of the Test Valley area, the Leisure Services department at Test Valley Borough Council has a series of 15 walking routes and 15 cycling routes that can be purchased as hard copy packs in a waterproof folder. The price of each pack is £6.50 including postage and package. The routes are also available to download for FREE.
Walk and Cycle Hampshire promotes walking and cycling across the region. The site features trail descriptions, details of organised activities, local group and guide information, walking and cycling news, listings of equipment suppliers, maps and books of the region and much more.
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is the largest in southern England, stretching from Devizes to Reading, and from Swindon to Basingstoke. It includes the Berkshire, Lambourn, Marlborough, North Hampshire and Oxfordshire Downs, and such wonderful sites as Avebury, the Ridgeway National Trail, the Uffington White Horse and Watership Down.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website provides details - and maps - for more than 1800 walks, rides and areas of open access provided under the Countryside Stewardship and Environmentally Sensitive Areas Schemes.