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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Mills on the River Test

Overton to Whitchurch, omitting Tufton
Length: 12.8km (7.9 miles) or 17km (10.6 miles) Toughness: 2/10

This is an easy walk along the upper reaches of the River Test that passes many interesting mills, old and new. Today’s walk omits.the afternoon loop out to the hamlet of Tufton, though you could incorporate this if you walk briskly and don’t spend too long over lunch. Another afternoon alternative (14.5km total length) takes you to Fulling Mill.

Whitchurch Silk Mill, which has been closed this year for major refurbishment, is now open again (£7 or £6, last admission 4:00pm) and has a tearoom (open till 5:00pm) that can be visited without paying the admission charge.

The suggested lunchtime pub is the Watership Down Inn (01256 892254) in the village of Freefolk, after 7¼ km. A former regular patron was the author Richard Adams. Do ring to reserve a table before leaving Overton. If it is fully booked, you will need to continue into Whitchurch for a late lunch unless you are carrying a packed lunch.

09:43 Poole train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 09:52), changing at Basingstoke (arr 10:42, dep 10:51) to arrive at Overton at 11:00.

Return trains direct from Whitchurch to Waterloo are at 15:21 and 17:23. Other services at 16:15, 18:14 and 19:16 involve a change at Basingstoke. Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Whitchurch.

You can find further information and the walk directions
here.

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