Test Way

View from Walbury Hill © Pam Brophy
Fishing the River Test © David Martin
Eling Creek © David Martin

The Test Way is a long-distance walking trail that takes you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen, along much of the course of the River Test to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water. This is without doubt Hampshire's longest and finest chalk stream, world famous for its superb trout fishing.

If you are feeling fit you could walk the whole trail in two long days. However it would be much more pleasurable to spread it over several days or a week, with overnight stops in the villages and towns along the way. A four day schedule is:

- Inpen Downs to St. Mary Bourne with lunch in Hurstbourne Tarrant (11.5 miles)
- St. Mary Bourne to Stockbridge with lunch in Wherwell (14 miles)
- Stockbridge to Romsey with lunch in Kimbridge (11 miles)
- Romsey to Eling Quay with lunch in Totton (9 miles)

Hampshire Cottages

Beautiful Hampshire holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county

Readers' Comments

  • Wed 9 May 2018, 20:20
    D Peters

    I cycled along the path today between Eling and Romsey, I found that certain parts of the path was very overgrown with nettles. The path needs opening up and some places are very narrow so have no choice but to cycle through the nettles.