Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Easy
A beautiful ride up and down the River Test
After the popularity of our last Test Valley ride, we had to add another. This one is another loop and for this one we started on the eastern side of The River Test. In fact we started at a public house named The John O'Gaunt.
From here we headed south along the River Test on the test way. It is popular so go careful and, as always, please respect walkers and other cyclists. After a gentle 2 miles you will have passed through the village of Brook and at the 3 mile mark you should have crossed the river on way to Mottisfont Abbey.
Mottisfont Abbey dates back to 1201 and is today maintained and run by The National Trust. It has a vast and detailed history and it is definately worth a visit.
The most recent owners of this property were Maud and Gilbert Russell who in 1934 made Mottisfont the centre of a fashionable artistic and political circle. Maud Russell gifted the house and grounds to the National Trust in 1957, although continuing to live there until 1972.
In the summer months there are often theatre productions outside, and at different times of the year there are specific trails, mainly but not exclusively aimed at children, for example at Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc.
After departing the Mottisfont area you join and cycle up Horsebridge Road, heading north along the west side of the river. After reaching the Bossington Estate you will be at 7 miles mark. Keep cycling along the river valley, through the Houghtons and into Stockbridge. There are some wonderful places to stop at here.
From this village the road crosses The River Test and then head towards the eastern side of the river and pick up The Test Way at The White Hart roundabout. Keep following this route south and you will eventually, just after 13 miles, finish where you started.
13 miles in some of the most glorious spots in Hampshire, UK. Absolutely stunning.