Hampshire

Hampshire Central

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Overview

A boomerang shaped trail that mixes the peace of villages like Alton with busier towns such as Basingtoke before tumbling through the beauty of the Test Valley, taking in the history of Hampshire before reaching Andover and Middle Wallop and their military links before finishing at the impressive Mottisford Abbey near Romsey.

Alton

Alton is a friendly little market town built around a Saxon settlement. Visit the Curtis Museum or jump aboard the Watercress Line and steam down to Alresford. Nearby Chawton was home to Jane Austen and you can visit the Jane Austen Museum House where she lived and worked.

North Warnborough

The village of North Warnborough near Odiham is home to both the Basingstoke Canal and the River Whitewater. The ruins of King John’s castle, built in 1207, sit in 20 acres of meadowland and are a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Basingstoke

Basingstoke is Hampshire’s largest town where you can visit the Milestones Museum with its car collection, the Willis Museum which charts the town’s history from the Iron Age and the Sainsbury Gallery. Close by you will find the ruins of the Tudor manor Basing House destroyed during the Civil War and The Vyne, a Tudor mansion with chapel.

Whitchurch

En route to Andover you will find Whitchurch, Hampshire’s smallest town, on the River Test surrounded by beautiful countryside where you can walk The Mill Trail along the river past five historic mills. Visit the nearby Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill to discover the secrets of gin making.

Andover

A picturesque market town in the Test Valley, Andover has plenty to entertain. Visit Andover Museum, the Museum of the Iron Age, the Andover Time Ring or the Test Valley Tapestry. Nearby you can visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust, the Danbury Hill Fort, Highclere Castle and grounds designed by Capability Brown or walk the Test Way.

Middle Wallop

Part of the Wallops, the village of Middle Wallop is home to the Museum of Army Flying where you trace over 100 years of British Army aviation. There are more than 35 aircraft on display, a series of exhibitions and events are held throughout the year.

Mottisford

Mottisford Abbey, near Romsey in the Test Valley is one of Hampshire’s premier attractions. You can visit the house and museum, take in the gardens – be sure to see the rose garden and admire the art collection. Explore the visitor centre, enjoy a picnic on the lawns and take a stroll by the river.

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Overview

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Alton

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8.6 miles

North Warnborough

3
7.4 miles

Basingstoke

4
11.6 miles

Whitchurch

5
7.9 miles

Andover

6
6.6 miles

Middle Wallop

7
7.7 miles

Mottisford

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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

About the Hampshire Central Trail

Distance: 50 miles
Cites / Towns: 7
Number Of Businesses: 7

Leave the peace of Alton village and head for the ruins of King John’s castle at North Warnborough before reaching Basingstoke and surrounding area with its many attractions and activities. Stop for a tipple at the Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery before reaching the mills of Whitchurch in the Test Valley. Venture into military territory in Andover to visit the museums before arriving at the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. Finish your journey at Romsey exploring the Norman Abbey, nearby Broadlands or the splendid and relaxing Mottisford Abbey, one of Hampshire’s most popular destinations.

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Historic Hampshire

Take in a wealth of Hampshire history from the ancient Iron Age hill forts, the ruins of King John’s castle and Tudor mansions. Along the way you can explore the numerous museums and the historic mills that were powered by the River Test.

Military Connections

Hampshire has a long military heritage with a number of bases across the county. From the RAF at Odiham, the Army at Andover and down into Middle Wallop the military are a familiar local sight. There are a number of museums you can visit including the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop.

Valley Adventures

The scenic Test Valley and Test River meander through the Hampshire landscape giving visitors the chance to explore a wealth of countryside, ranging from watercress meadows to ancient woodland. Perhaps taking a trip on the Watercress Line or take in the pretty villages, independent boutiques and welcoming tea rooms as you relax on your journey.

Also Nearby

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH