As i’ve been recovering from my injury, I haven’t been able to run this week so I opted for a decent walk instead. Close to Andover is a village called Whitchurch; home to paper, silk, grain and wool mills. This area has gorgeous views and plenty of paths around the countryside.
We used a map from Walking in Hants and opted for the River Test and Paper Mills Walk that ended up being just over 6 miles. The terrain was fairly flat but a little muddy in places.
The walk starts at the silk mill where there is an opportunity to feed some ducks and visit the shop. The walk then goes across the road, over to the recreation ground and follows a path behind some garages towards Town Mill.
The next sight is then the old watercress beds before coming out at a small housing estate.
We then get to Bere Mill where there is a great bridge to stop on and take in the view. This was the first paper mill established by Henri Portal, the founder of the bank-note paper makers.
Across the sluice there is a footbridge over the river; a perfect place to play pooh sticks!
St Nicholas’ Church, built in 1703, is along the way on the walk. It is a tiny little church that is preserved for visitors and worth popping inside.
The last bit of the walk takes you across fields, parallel to beginning of the walk with stunning views of the village. You then arrive back at Town Mill, just a short walk back to the car park.
A lovely walk around this village, great views and plenty more to explore in the future. Don’t forget to visit one of the pubs at the end!