Walking in Hampshire

Walk this way

The Test Valley is a beautiful area to walk around, with lovely river scenes and many pretty villages. This edition’s walk takes you to the village of Longparish, near Andover, for the ‘Riverdance’ walk.

The Riverdance Walk Longparish

Length: 3.5 miles, 1.5 hours; 2 stiles
Start point: St Nicholas Church
Public Transport: Stagecoach 85/85X
Download the map 360kb pdf or tel 0845 603 5638.

This walk offers a chance to see some attractive parts of the village and stunning views across the river from the many bridges. How many can you count?

  • Park at the car park by the village hall. Start by visiting the 13th century St Nicholas Church, at the western end of the village. The church is open every day for visitors.
  • Walk east down the village street, past the Plough public house. By the stream you will pass the grindstone and Ashburn Rest, a 19th century seat recently rebuilt. Following the path and sometimes the road you continue through West and East Aston Common. Why not pause on the long wooden footbridge to enjoy the river? Don’t forget to bring some bread to feed the ducks and fish. For a longer walk you can follow the directions for the Firgo path from this point.
  • On the way back, look at Upper Mill, a 19th century corn mill that has been restored to working order. You then cross the water meadows behind Longparish House, and follow the route back to your starting point.

Walk submitted by Longparish Parish Council.

Are you the kind of person who enjoys detective work and old maps?

If so, then why not help Hampshire Countryside Access Forum to identify old routes that should be on the modern map of public rights of way?

The forum advises the County Council on countryside recreation. Members regularly walk, cycle or ride in Hampshire. This project follows local research which has shown that there is public demand for more routes to and within the countryside.

Contact Sue Coles on 01962 847221 or suecoles@southhampshirectc.org.uk.

Did you know?... there are 3,000 miles of rights of way in Hampshire.