The Test Valley is a fantastic area for walking.

Here are a few helpful links.

Local OS maps and some suggested walks are provided in the cottages for you to borrow during your stay.

The Countryside Code The government countryside.  Please make yourself familiar with this code.

The Test Way The Test Way is a 44 mile route, which follows the valley of the Test, linking Totton (Southampton) and Inkpen Beacon (nr Newbury). The route travels the disused Sprat and Winkle railway line.  This was once an important transport link and a railway and prior to this a canal.  The Test Way can be accessed from the top of our driveway, giving access to wonderful country walks.  Just over a mile along the Test Way, you will get to Horsebridge, where you will see Horsebridge Station, now a wedding venue and opens occasionally for cream Teas.  The John O'Gaunt pub will also be found at Horsebridge. 

The Clarendon Way The Clarendon way is another fantastic 24 mile country walk, linking the celebrated cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury.  The Clarendon way crosses the Test Valley and the Test Way between Kings Somborne and Houghton.  A lovely walk is to take the Test Way to where it is crossed by the Clarendon way, then take the Clarendon way to Houghton, then onto Broughton where you can stop for a lunch before heading back.

Hampshire Walks Here is a link to some Hampshire walks.

Walking in England (Stockbridge area) Here is a link to some fantastic local walks.

Danebury Hill Fort Danebury Iron Age hill fort is a stunning place for walk and to take in some history.  Just outside Stockbridge and well worth a visit.

Farley Mount Stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Horsebridge circular walk This is a fantastic easy walk from The Old Barns to Horsebridge, circular walk to Kings Somborne and back to The Old Barns.  This shows the walk from Horsebridge, but 1 mile each way to get to Horsebridge and you have a fantastic 5 mile walk taking in The John O'Gaunt Pub in Horsebridge and The Crown in Kings Somborne.

Lepe Country Park and Coastal Walk Lepe is just 30 minutes away and is a beautiful coastal and country walk.  Picnic area, parking and café at Lepe.  Please read the signs for dogs (certain areas are restricted in the summer).

Old Sarum, Salisbury less than half an hour is Old Sarum (originally an iron age hill fort) stunning walk and historical interest.

Horsebridge to Broughton circular walk/cycle ride 9 miles (or 11 miles from The Old Barns) Beautiful walk/cycle ride taking in stunning countryside and some great pubs - The John O'Gaunt at Horsebridge, The Crown at Kings Somborne and slightly off the track - The Boot at Houghton, The Tally Ho at Broughton and the Greyhound at Broughton.

Mottisfont and the Test Way circular walk (this link states that is is 4 miles, but I think it is longer than this 5 - 6 miles) Beautiful walk, Café at NT Mottisfont House and gardens or The Bear and Ragged Staff pub is en-route (please note that this pub does not let dogs in the pub, only in the garden).

Mottisfont Circular Walk (approx. 5 miles or 7-8 from The Old Barns) Beautiful walk taking in some beautiful countryside and chocolate box houses.  Refreshment stop at The Mill at Dunbridge.

Test Way and Clarendon Way circular walk (for the adventurous, this is 15 miles)

Horsebridge circular walk (6 miles or just over 8 miles from The Old Barns) Lovely walk without using a car (John O'Gaunt pub at Hosebridge for refreshments).

NT Stockbridge Common Marsh walk (1.8 miles or if you want to walk to Stockbridge along the Test Way from The Old Barns it's approx. 5 miles each way).

NT Stockbridge Wildlife and History Walk (1.5 miles).

Stockbridge 7 mile walk (slightly more challenging than some walks). 

Longstock and Danebury Hill Walk (Longstock is a beautiful local village and refreshments can be found at the Peat Spade Inn) 6 mile walk.

Fritham Circular Walk, New forest (This is just over half an hour away, but worth a visit).  Lovely location in the New Forest and great little pub - The Royal Oak for refreshments (please note they don't take cards).