The River Test

The River Test is probabily the Test Valley and Hampshire’s finest chalk stream. It’s world famous for its superb trout fishing. The Test Way footpath and cycle way follows the banks for alot of it’s run of 44 mile. The Test way starts from the dramatic, high chalk downs at Inkpen down to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water.

The crystal-clear waters are a haven for wildlife, ideal for watercress growers. Many wild birds and plants can be seen right along the River Test, kingfishers, Marsh Harriers and Litlle Grebe, Green-winged Orchids and Butterbur, along with the normal ducks and Swans.

The River flows through some stunningly picturesque villages, with listed buildings, historic churches and houses, abby’s all along it’s banks and some great pubs with riverside views.

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