Whitchurch, Hampshire Launches the NEW ‘Test & Dever Way’
April 28th saw the official launch of the NEW Test & Dever Way at Whitchurch, Hampshire and the team were delighted to welcome a representative from Tourism South East and the Strategic Manager for Hampshire Countryside to Whitchurch Town Hall to join in the with celebrations.
The Test & Dever Way
You can explore the sweeping downland to the south of Whitchurch by following the waymark signs on this 19-mile circular walking trail across stunning open downland and through peaceful chalk stream meadows to the Dever valley villages of Bullington and Sutton Scotney. A shorter 14-mile walk is available and it is possible to complete the walk in two sections with a bus journey at the start or end of your walk.
You can stop to admire the delightful 12th century church of St. Michael and All Angels in its beautiful meadow setting at Bullington, the crystal-clear waters of the chalk streams and the panoramic views on the western section of the trail, with Danebury Ring Iron Age Hillfort on the far horizon.
Everyone loves an abandoned steam railway line and evidence of the former Didcot-Newbury-Southampton line can be seen in the landscape along the western stretch of the trail between Bullington and Whitchurch. Take some time to stop on the newly installed bridge at Tufton to admire the stunning river views and the impressive Victorian railway arch spanning the famous River Test chalk stream.
The Test & Dever Way leaflet can be downloaded from the town website https://whitchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Test-Dever-Way-leaflet.pdf
Detailed Walking instructions https://whitchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/The-Test-Dever-Way-walking-instructions.pdf