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North Wessex Downs & Source of the Test
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Photo from the walk - North Wessex Downs & Source of the Test

Region - North Wessex Downs

County/Area - Hampshire

Author - Peter Lane

Length - 15.0 miles / 24.4 km

Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres

Time - 8 hours 30 minutes

Grade - moderate

An energetic Hampshire walk in the North Wessex Downs AONB. The route will appeal to any hill walker living in the South of England who is frustrated at the lack of mountains to climb! Considerable height is gained in this walk due to the constant rolling nature of the downs. Although there are no significant individual climbs, the route is rarely flat. Some quaint villages with thatched cottages are visited as well as the source of the River Test. Route finding is pretty straightforward and the walk makes much use of a section of the Wayfarer's Walk which is well waymarked. Never dropping below 275 feet above sea level, this route reaches the heady altitude (for Hampshire) of 750 feet above sea level. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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