Kings Somborne from Stockbridge
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The trail starts at the village of Stockbridge, follows quiet country lanes to King's Somborne, descends to the River Test at Horsebridge and then returns to Stockbridge via the Test Way cycle path. With the exception of the climb out of the valley at Hooper's Bottom and a shorter one as you leave King's Somborne, the trail offers flat and easy cycling.
1. From the White Hart Inn turn right onto the busy A3057, after 150 metres fork right and follow the lane towards Hooper's Bottom. Although the lane runs parallel to the Test Way cycle path, which you will use on the return to Stockbridge, the smooth road surface and less restricted views to the side offer a much different cycling experience. And as the A3057 carries the traffic between Stockbridge and King's Somborne you are likely to have the road to yourself.
2. At Hooper's Bottom the road swings sharp left and you immediately start the ascent out of the valley. Pass Hooper's Farm on your left and continue the steady climb to the brow of the hill.
3. Descend steeply into King's Somborne, rejoining the A3057 as you enter the village. The parish church in the village is worth stopping to visit, as is the Crown Inn opposite.
4. Leave King's Sombourne via the A3057, there's a short climb out of the village, and after 1 kilometre fork right signposted Horsebridge. Descend to the valley floor, turn right and pass the John of Gaunt pub, another worthy place to catch your breath.
5. Just after crossing the river turn right and join the Test Way cycle path. Follow the path back to Stockbridge and the White Hart Inn.
The A30 connects Stockbridge with Salisbury in the West and the A303 in the north east. Andover and Romsey are easily reached via the A3057. Following closure of the Andover & Redbridge Railway (also known as the Sprat and Winkle Line), which ran up the Test Valley, there is no longer train services to Stockbridge. There are train stations however in Andover, Salisbury, Dunbridge and Winchester.
Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 54 minutes to cycle the distance and along the way 380 calories will be burnt.